Building Trades

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If you’d 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 the 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; learning on-the-job from your employer as well as from our specialist trainers at TAFE. Our campuses at East Geelong and Hoppers Crossing are home to world-class trade facilities with courses designed by industry bodies, to give you the latest skills and knowledge being 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.

 

Information sessions

Courses

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22338VIC VETDSS - Certificate II in Building & Construction (Bricklaying) Pre-app

Apply now for the Certificate II in Building & Construction (Bricklaying) Pre-apprenticeship via your school when you are a secondary school student

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22338VIC VETDSS - Certificate II in Building & Construction (Carpentry) Pre-app

Apply now for the Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) Pre-apprenticeship to learn the skills you need to become an apprentice Carpenter.

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22338VIC Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship "Carpentry"

Apply now for our Certificate II in Building and Construction (Carpentry) Pre-app course to get a taste of the carpentry trade before you gain an apprenticeship

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CPC30111 Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying ~

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

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CPC30211 Certificate III in Carpentry~

Apply now for our Certificate III in Carpentry course and gain the skills & experience needed to work as a carpenter in domestic or commercial construction

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BSBSS00095BC Cross-Sector Infection Control Skill Set (Building and Construction)

Apply now for the BSBSS00095 Cross-Sector Infection Control Skill Set to learn prevention and control procedures to deal with COVID-19 infection control

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CPC31912 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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MSF31113 Certificate III in Cabinet Making

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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CPC30611 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!

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MSF20516 VETDSS - Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways

Apply now for Certificate II in Furniture Making Pathways when you are a VETDSS student to get a head start into the industry.

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Student story

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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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