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Building Trades

If you like to be hands-on, keep fit, work indoors and outdoors, and learn a skill that could take you all over Australia – then a building trade is ideal.

The Gordon is the leader for building trade courses in regional Victoria, offering pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship courses in a variety of construction trades, including:

Bricklaying  I  Carpentry  I  Cabinet Making  I  Joinery  I  Painting 

We also offer Certificate IV in Building and Construction if you’re a qualified tradesperson looking to prepare for builders' registration or move into supervisory roles.

Combine your TAFE and industry training

As an apprentice, you get the best of both worlds when you learn on the job from your employer and from our specialist trainers. Our campus at East Geelong is home to world-class trade facilities with courses designed by industry bodies to give you the latest skills and knowledge used in your trade. Find out more about starting an apprenticeship.

Are you an employer?

We recognise that every business is different, and the need to have your apprentice on-site can change from week to week and from business to business. Our flexible approach to trade training allows either a small or substantial amount of on-campus training and assessment. This means programs can be tailored to meet the needs of you and your apprentices. Find out more about taking on an apprentice.

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CPC33020 Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying

Apply now for our Certificate III in Bricklaying and Blocklaying course and learn the skills and knowledge required to begin your bricklaying apprenticeship

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MSF30322 Certificate III in Cabinet Making and Timber Technology(Kitchens & Bathrooms)

Apply now for our Certificate III in Cabinet Making course and gain the skills & experience needed to work as a furniture or kitchen/bathroom cabinet maker

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CPC30220 Certificate III in Carpentry

Apply now for our Certificate III in Carpentry course and gain the skills & experience

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CPC31920 Certificate III in Joinery

Apply today for our Certificate III in Joinery apprenticeship, and gain the essential, hands-on skills to specialise in stairs, windows and kitchen joinery.

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CPC30620 Certificate III in Painting and Decorating

Our Painting and Decorating apprenticeship course is perfect if you are looking for hands-on training and experience to enter the industry. Apply today!

Student and teacher stories

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“I always enjoyed building, and seeing my friends learn the trade and enjoy their work inspired me to enter the industry. I took the first step by enrolling in a carpentry pre-apprenticeship at The Gordon. I knew this would give me the basic skills for the industry, and improve my chances of finding an employer. 

The Gordon facilities are excellent and the teachers work in the industry so they are a great source of knowledge and know exactly what we needed to learn. 

I am a full-time apprentice with CC Home Improvements. The pre-apprenticeship gave me the skills and confidence to take straight onto the job site”. 

Corey Doyle, Certificate II in Building and Construction (Pre-apprenticeship), Certificate III in Carpentry

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