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Master Builders Victoria

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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.

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Careers Support from Master Builders Victoria

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-trade

Professional roles tend to be less hands-on and could include management positions or specialist jobs including building surveying, OHS and building design. Professional 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. We can assist those who are considering entering the industry, transitioning from another industry, or planning for their next promotion by discussing the required training and experience individuals may need.

Career expos and school visits

We participate in a number of careers expos and school career days 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 road shows

We run our road shows at TAFEs in both metro and regional locations across Victoria. These road shows allow us to get face-to-face with trade apprentices and discuss how we can help them navigate through their career (along with having some cool 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.

Addressing apprenticeship completion rates

Completion rates across apprenticeships and traineeships have hovered around the 50% mark for a number of years. As apprentices and trainees are the future of our industry, we are continuing to engage with government to address any barriers apprentices may face and do our part to support our future workforce.

Continued support throughout your career

We are here to help whenever we can. Once you’ve completed your studies, (whether that’s an apprenticeship, TAFE, or university course) and are in the world of work we will have a membership category to suit you. We proudly place our members at the centre of everything we do and we have a range of membership services to support those running businesses in the industry.

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.

Master Builders Foundation

The Master Builders Foundation was established to nurture the career development of those wanting to enter or continue working in the building and construction industry. Our scholarships provide financial assistance towards course fees and can help with the development of a tool kit or resources for your career.  There are three scholarships available and we continue to welcome applications.

Early Career Scholarship – $2,200

Best if you’re new to the industry, this is available to you if you would like to undertake a pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship or further training. The funds are split into two:

  • $1,200 towards approved course fees, plus
  • $1,000 worth of quality tools relevant to your trade

Career Advancement Scholarship –  up to $5,000
Best if you’re building on existing skills, this is available to you if you are pursuing a qualification above Certificate III level or approved professional development in a construction or related field. Areas in which these funds could be used include:

  • Builder Registration
  • Industry Needs/Skills Shortages
  • Sustainability
  • Technology and Innovation
  • Women’s Advancement

Leadership Scholarship – up to $10,000
Best if you want to be a pioneer in your field, this scholarship can assist you to further your career through initiatives such as tertiary studies or research trips.

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.

Here 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 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.

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.

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 to those looking to enter the construction industry and to assist those currently in the industry with their career progression.

Have a look over the page 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.

Meet some amazing women in construction

Julia Russell, Contracts Administrator

Every day is different and there is a lot of problem-solving that needs to be done – that’s what I enjoy about it. I like the challenge of working through different issues and putting forward different solutions. My advice would be to just put yourself out there. Networking is very important in the industry because the more people you know, the easier it makes your job.

Courtney Keong, Painter and 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.

Alana Luppi, Project Manager

One of the biggest challenges of the industry is that it’s constantly evolving and asks people to evolve with it. Constantly dealing with human behaviour is the biggest challenge – and the most rewarding.

Other rewards for me are having incredible teams to work with, building new dynamics, working through logistical issues, contract issues, and interaction issues. I find myself challenged every day and I find myself rewarded every day. That’s probably the best part of this industry.

Stefanie Apostilidis, Carpenter and Site Manager

I’d like to encourage women to take up trades in the future and I’d like to promote the industry to women as a lot of women can be scared, because it’s more male-dominated, to join the industry. It is possible, and women are just as capable of doing it as men.

Jess Vigliaroni, Junior Estimator

Working in the industry always challenges you to grow and to learn more. You learn more about the industry and what opportunities it brings, but more about yourself as well.

My advice would be that once you leave school, whether you’re going to do TAFE or uni, go straight into the industry because you need to be exposed to the environment, and because there are so many different roles and opportunities, it will help you know your fit.

Carly Turner, Building Surveyor

If you have the determination and you have 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.

Vanessa Borg, Project Coordinator

Negotiating is one of the big things I do, and also understanding different expectations and different points of view.

I like the different personalities and every day is different. It’s never the same thing every day, every build is different. The best thing is that no day is the same.

Emily Cations, Carpenter

I love doing the fix, like hanging doors. It takes a bit of skill and an eye for detail to really get things finished. I love what I do. I love this industry. I’d like to start a business with females and I’d love to get more females in to carpentry.

Julie Stevenson, Estimator & Contracts Administrator

My dad has been in the construction industry for 40 years and was always doing DIY jobs around the house. I always helped out at a young age and took a keen interest in how things are built. I then went to university to study Construction Engineering. Now, I love my job because I learn something new every day!

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