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Master Builders Victoria


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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At a Glance

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 – Professions

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.

Apprenticeship preparation and placement

Landing a job isn’t always easy, but we’re here to help. We can help connect those seeking an apprenticeship with employers directly. We offer limited matching between Master Builders members across Victoria and appropriate apprentices.

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.

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 to help with the development of a tool kit for their trade.

There are three scholarships available and we continue to welcome applications:

$2,200 Early Career Scholarship

This is available to those who are underway with a pre-apprenticeship, apprenticeship or further training, with the funds shared between two areas:
– $1,200 towards approved course fees upon presentation of invoice, plus
– $1,000 worth of quality tools relevant to their trade

$5,000 Career Development Scholarship

This is awarded to those pursuing a diploma or degree level qualification in a construction or related field.

$10,000 Leadership Scholarship

This is awarded at the discretion of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. It is a scholarship to assist the successful candidate to further their career through initiatives such as tertiary studies or research trips.

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