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New training opportunities connected to jobs

Looking to start a career in the construction and housing industry? Applications are open for new apprenticeships and traineeships to give you paid, on-the-job training for up to 4 years.

You can apply now for an apprenticeship or traineeship through the Master Builders Association or the Housing Industry Association. Cadetships will also be available through the Community Housing Industry Association NSW.

The $80 million program is funded by the NSW Government to give young people, social housing tenants and those wanting a career change the opportunity to enter the NSW construction and housing sector.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine paid, on-the-job training with formal study. You’ll gain valuable skills to help start or further your career, and receive a nationally recognised qualification.

When you apply, you’ll be matched with an apprenticeship or training program that best suits your needs, with new opportunities being rolled out each year until 2024.

You will earn a wage and get on-the-job training, skills and a nationally recognised qualification to help you gain meaningful long-term employment.

At least 200 apprenticeships and traineeships are being offered from 2021 to 2024.

Apply today through the Master Builders Association or the Housing Industry Association.

Am I eligible?

Everyone is eligible to apply for an apprenticeship or traineeship, but you may be considered a priority applicant if meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • you have completed a pre-apprenticeship
  • you are aged between 16 and 25
  • you are older than 30 and want to complete an apprenticeship
  • you are living in social housing
  • you are receiving private rental assistance from the NSW Government or living in crisis accommodation or supported housing
  • you are a woman wanting to enter a non-traditional trade
  • you are Aboriginal
  • you are a person with disability.

To register your interest

Please register your interest by completing a form through the Housing Industry Association or the Master Builders Association.

Next steps

Successful applicants will be placed with host employers focused on delivering new homes, including social housing, with opportunities available in metropolitan and regional areas.

For further information

Call the Housing Industry Association on 1300 650 634 or email nswlahc@hia.com.au

Call the Master Builders Association on (02) 8586 3533 or email recruitment@mbansw.asn.au

Cadetships

Applications for cadetships have closed for this year.

A cadetship combines formal vocational training with practical work experience. Cadets complete a Certificate IV in Social Housing, a nationally recognised qualification, while undertaking paid employment with a relevant community housing provider for 12 months.

Up to 100 cadetships are being offered from 2021 to 2024.

More information about cadetships is available from the Community Housing Industry Association NSW.

Am I eligible?

Everyone is eligible to apply for a cadetship, but your application will be prioritised if you meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • you are living in social housing
  • you have applied for social housing and are listed on the NSW Housing Register
  • you are receiving private rental assistance from the NSW Government or living in crisis accommodation or supported housing
  • you are unemployed and aged between 15 and 24 (whether or not you are connected to social housing).

How do I apply?

Applications for cadetships have closed for this year.

Next steps

The Community Housing Industry Association NSW selects up to 25 cadets each year from the total pool of applicants.

For more information

Visit the Community Housing Industry Association NSW cadetship page.

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Program success to date

Our apprenticeship program is making a real difference to lives across NSW.

It is funded by an $80 million investment by the NSW Government to give young people, social housing tenants and those wanting a career change help to enter the NSW construction and housing sector.

Read an evaluation of the program (PDF, 1197.57 KB)