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Why Study Building and Construction at GOTAFE

GOTAFE offers a wide variety of accredited and short courses focusing on three sectors: General Construction, Off-site Construction and Furnishings.

General construction training provides skills and knowledge for a range of carpentry and associated trades, including roofing. A range of training is available in this area including pre-apprenticeships, traineeships and apprenticeships. Tradespeople are able to work in domestic or commercial fields and with appropriate training may find employment as supervisors and with experience may run their own business.

Off-site construction covers the skills required for kitchens and other built fitments, knowledge of timber and other joinery materials and an ability to read plans and working drawings of a range of projects. Tradespeople in this field are expected to become proficient in the use of hand and power tools. A range of training is available in this area including pre-apprenticeships, traineeships and apprenticeships. The majority of qualified tradespeople work either in self-employment or for larger organisations.

The furnishings sector covers a wide range of work areas within the furnishings industry, particularly cabinet making of all types. A range of training is available in this area including pre-apprenticeships, traineeships and apprenticeships. Participants will gain a high degree of skills, knowledge of timber and other furnishing materials, and an ability to read plans while working on a range of projects. A person working in the furnishing trade is involved in cabinet making, wood machining, upholstery, polishing, soft furnishing, picture framing and covering. It is a vast and vital industry that combines creativity with functionality and design.


Teachers, Trainers and Facilities

GOTAFE's Building and Construction Centre has industry experienced qualified trainers. The Centre is at the Docker Street Campus, Wangaratta and the Fryers Street and William Orr Campuses in Shepparton and services regional apprentices and employers.


Customised Training and Skill Sets

GOTAFE is committed to assisting the building and construction industry to identify, pursue and achieve growth and development. GOTAFE provides the WorkSafe in the the Construction Industry (formerly Red Card). This course is endorsed by and meets the requirements of WorkSafe Victoria concerning induction training for the building and construction industry. This CI Card legally qualifies the holder for entry to building and construction sites throughout Victoria and is mutually recognised nationally.


Building and Construction Career Opportunities

Study within the Building and Construction area can lead to job titles such as:

  • cabinet maker
  • joiner
  • furniture maker/upholsterer
  • floor finisher
  • picture framer
  • window/glass maker
  • builder
  • carpenter
  • bricklayer

 

Prospective students should discuss enrolment with the Course Coordinator. Please contact the Customer Service Centre on 1300 GOTAFE (1300 468 233) for more information.