Established in 1875, Master Builders Victoria has been a long-standing voice for the building and construction industry.
Our aim is to raise the profile of this fantastic industry as a provider of rewarding career outcomes.
A career in the construction industry offers individuals variety and the ability to develop invaluable skills and knowledge that can be continually built upon.
There are numerous opportunities available and with so many different career options, the best pathway can be hard to determine. To help with this, we have a dedicated, friendly team to demystify and simplify the information available for those looking to enter the construction industry and to assist those currently in the industry with their career progression.
To explore career options in the industry take a look at our Careers in Construction online booklet here
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Career options – Trades
These hands-on roles are obtained by completing an apprenticeship, which is a three to four-year course, involving on-the-job work with an employer as well as intermittent training with a Registered Training Organisation. Possible trades could include carpentry, bricklaying, plastering and tiling to name a few. At the end of your apprenticeship, you’ll come out with a Certificate III level qualification in your chosen trade. Undertaking a trade is also a great step towards becoming a registered builder.
Career options – Non-Trades
Non-trade roles tend to be less hands-on and could include management positions or specialist jobs including building surveying, OHS and building design. These qualifications can be obtained through a number of ways. Depending on your area of interest this could include completing a university degree, TAFE courses or a traineeship.
Career pathway advice
The Master Builders team has a wealth of knowledge about the various career options in the building and construction industry. We are able to offer guidance to students about achieving their career goals, and to careers teachers and advisers about roles in the industry.
Career expos and school visits
We participate in careers expos and provide information to schools across Victoria – our aim is to spread the word about the opportunities in construction as much as possible. If you would like us to attend your expo or event, please contact us directly.
Master Builders TAFE roadshows
We run our roadshows at TAFEs in both metropolitan and regional Victoria. These roadshows allow us to get face-to-face with trade apprentices and discuss how we can help them navigate through their careers (along with having some giveaways too!).
Apprentice of the Year Awards
Master Builders holds its own Apprentice of the Year awards series around Victoria to recognise and congratulate the achievements of apprentices. Students can be nominated by either their training provider or by a Master Builders member. Each apprentice who is nominated is shortlisted from the more than 15,000 apprentices in the industry and should be very proud of this accomplishment.
What makes the construction industry so great?
There are many reasons why going for a job in construction is a great move.
Have a read below to see our best picks.
With construction, you’re not bound to one job for the rest of your life. There are plenty of opportunities to develop extra skills and undertake extra training to specialise in new areas or work your way up the ladder!
Working on a construction project means you can see all the work you’ve done and, at the end of the day, stand back and say, “I helped build that!”
You can gain exposure to all types of projects, whether it’s constructing houses, schools, high-rises or roads, and see the positive impact your work has on your local community.
The industry is very diverse. A job in construction will give you the opportunity to work with a variety of different people in different trades and professions. What’s best, is that everyone is working together to reach a common goal.
You can take your skills around the world!
Each year we interview apprentices from across Victoria in our Apprentice of the Year Awards. Watch the video below to hear their favourite parts of their jobs and why they love working in the industry.
Scholarships from the Master Builders Building Industry Foundation
The Foundation of MBV empowers and encourages individuals to succeed by supporting the career development of those wanting to enter or take the next step in building and construction industry.
If you are ready to take the leap and build on your career in construction, the Foundation can help. Established in 2008, the Foundation was designed to help individuals reach their potential by providing financial assistance through a range of scholarships. Financial assistance can be used towards course fees, the development of a tool kit or other resources to support your career.
Early Career Scholarship – $2,200 – This scholarship is best if you’re new to the industry. It is available to you if you would like to undertake a pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship or other construction-related training. The funds are split into two:
$1,200 towards approved course fees, plus
$1,000 towards quality tools relevant to your trade
Previous successful applicants have used these funds towards an array of qualifications including Certificate II in Electrotechnology, Certificate III in Carpentry and Level 1 and 2 AutoCAD training.
Career Advancement Scholarship – up to $5,000 – This scholarship is best if you’re building on your existing career. It is available to you if you would like to pursue a qualification above Certificate III level or approved professional development in a construction or related field. This scholarship can be used towards training in the following subcategories; Builder Registration, Industry Need, Sustainability and Technology and Innovation.
Leadership Scholarship – up to $10,000 – This scholarship is best if you want to be a pioneer in your field. It can assist you to further your career through initiatives such as tertiary studies or research trips and enable you or your project to lead our industry into the future
Construction Induction Training (CIT/White Card)
Construction Induction Training (White Card) is compulsory for anyone who performs construction work in the building and construction industry. Without a White Card, you are not allowed to enter a construction site. If you’re thinking about getting a job on-site, this is your first step!
This is a one-day course delivered at the Master Builders Victoria head office in East Melbourne. During this course you will learn:
How to understand the OHS legal framework and guidelines in Victoria
How to identify and control common hazards and risks in the construction industry
The basic principles of risk management
The best safe work practices, emergency procedures and incident response
How to successfully communicate and report OHS issues
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU COMPLETE THE COURSE?
Each participant who completes the Construction Induction Training (CIT/White Card) course will be issued with a Statement of Attainment by Master Builders Association of Victoria (RTO Provider No. 3935) for the unit of competency CPCCWHS1001 Prepare to work safely in the construction industry.
After successful completion of the course, Master Builders notifies WorkSafe Victoria which issues the standard Construction Induction Training Card (White Card).
WHAT TO BRING ON THE DAY
Due to Coronavirus restrictions, you are required to bring your own Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the PPE Demonstration Assessment task including:
High visibility retro-reflective vest
Eye protection (for example, safety glasses)
Hearing protection (for example, disposable yellow earplugs)
A pen and notebook
Identification to show your entitlement to study in Australia
Must be 16 years of age or older in the current enrolment year (if you are under 18, you must have a permission form signed by a parent or guardian)
Be able to show evidence of your entitlement to study in Australia (refer to the website for details)
Have basic English speaking and listening skills as the course is delivered and assessed in English
Are you looking to kickstart your future in the construction industry?
Designed to link job seekers with building and construction employers, the Careers Hub can help connect you with your dream job! Master Builders Victoria members are the best of the best in the building and construction industry. A job with a Master Builders member could see you on the path to success.
Talking to the 2021 Victorian Apprentice of the Year
Bec spoke to Adam, 4th year carpentry apprentice who was nominated in Master Builders Apprentice of the Year awards.
Gender Equality at MBAV
A career in the building and construction industry is a great choice for women. Currently, only about 12% of the construction workforce is made up of women and we’d like to see that percentage increase.
Traditionally, the industry has been seen as male-orientated in the past, but this need not be the case.
At Master Builders Victoria, we understand that the building and construction industry offers a wide range of diverse roles that can be suited to anyone and everyone. Master Builders Victoria has been a long-standing voice in the building and construction industry. Our aim is to raise the profile of this industry as a provider of rewarding career outcomes. A career in the construction industry offers individuals variety and the ability to develop invaluable skills and knowledge that can be continually built upon.
Women are welcomed and appointed into varied roles in both small and large construction companies and are achieving tremendous success. Take Melanie Fasham, Master Builders Victoria’s past President, as a great example. Melanie was our first female President and a fantastic role model for aspiring female builders. Her career demonstrates the success that young women can aspire to.
Have a look at what some inspiring women have to say about how they got into the industry, the rewards of their roles in building and construction and some of their words of wisdom if you are considering a career in construction.
Courtney Keong, Painterand Decorator
The main reward for working in the industry is seeing the client’s reaction to your work and the happiness they get from it. Nothing beats it.
Carly Turner, Building Surveyor
If you have the determination and you have the motivation, then there is nothing that will stop you from achieving. It’s very easy to look at someone who has been in their career for a long time and think that it is something that cannot be achieved. But if you work hard towards it, before you know it you will be the person in those shoes. There is so much opportunity for women to not only take up working in the industry, but to thrive in it.
Ebony Griffin, Joiner
I tried uni, but it just wasn’t what I really wanted to do. I just knew that I wanted to work hands-on in the building industry and I found a job as a joiner. I couldn’t think of doing anything else now – I really enjoy it.
Things to Know
Through the Foundation of MBV, scholarships valued up to $10,000 are available to those wanting to undertake training in the construction field. Financial assistance can be used towards course fees, tools or other resources to support your career.
Job search assistance
Looking to get your foot in the door? The Master Builders Victoria Careers Hub can help! New for 2021, the Careers Hub shows job listings from Master Builders members across Victoria.
Interact with us at TAFE
If you end up at TAFE, keep an eye out for a visit from one of our team! Our TAFE roadshows are a great way to get industry updates and if you’re lucky, get your hands on some giveaways too.
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