Building & Construction

Get started in this hands-on industry and build a solid career. Study Building and Construction at GOTAFE. We take you from pre-apprenticeship all the way to Certificate IV to run your own business. From learning the basics, to specialising in general construction, off-site construction or furniture. This growing industry offers challenging and rewarding projects. Use your skills in commercial and residential building sectors.

Our industry-expert trainers will help you build confidence and skills to be a valuable employee. Learn things in our on campus facilities your boss might not teach you on the job. Working on elevated platforms, scaffolding and using specialist tools. Learn on campus, on the job, or a combination that suitsyou in our flexible training model. Study in the best facilities in north eastern Victoria.

Apprentices are our specialty. Our local industry partners have sent staff to us over decades. We don’t just nurture talent and skill, we customise programs to suit both you and your apprentices. As an employer, you don’t need to send them to classes during peak times, and our apprentices learn in a way that suits their strengths. We encourage life and work maturity to make sure they are valued members of your team.


Set yourself up to land an Apprenticeship.

Learn basic skills and get hands-on experience to allow you to seek an Apprenticeship in:

  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Wall and Ceiling Lining
  • Wall and Floor Tiling
  • Solid Plastering
  • Or Stonemasonry
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The first step in your journey to the Construction Industry.

This pathway program will introduce you to the tools you’ll be working with, the plans you’ll be reading from and the materials you’ll be handling once you become an Apprenticeship. You’ll be one step ahead and gain credit towards a Construction Apprenticeship.

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Looking to start a career in Furniture Making? Why not enrol in this entry-level certificate to get you started.
At GOTAFE you’ll get hands-on experience in how to assemble and build free-standing furniture, built in cabinets, and provide assistance when installing furniture or cabinets.
During the course you will be exposed to working in teams to assist in installing and renovating kitchens, bathrooms and other cabinets.

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Are you interested in getting some exposure into the furniture making or other related working environments?

This qualification delivers broad-based underpinning skills and knowledge in a range of furniture making tasks which will enhance the graduates’ entry-level employment prospects for apprenticeships, traineeships or general employment in a furniture manufacturing environment or related workplace.

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Can you see yourself with the ute and toolbox, working on site with other tradies, helping a client’s plans become reality? Study the Certificate III in Carpentry and you’ll experience the satisfaction of safe demolition, reading and understanding plans for the site, and everything in between. You’ll get to try it all in our state of the art workshops. Learn framework, flooring, roofing and concrete formwork with the experts.

We nurture our apprentices so they gain life and work skills that employers want. You get to apply what you learn in real projects at work. And we’re always ready to customise courses for business owners.

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Amateurs hammer; pros join. Joiners create the featured elements that the rest of the building and consultation industry use: windows, doors or staircases. With our Certificate III in Joinery, we teach you to use computer based machinery and associated programs. You will gain the skills and knowledge for the tools and equipment associated with the joinery industry. Read plans and make decisions about components of doors/windows, workstations or showcases.

Apprentices are the centre of the Building and Construction team at GOTAFE. We have been nurturing talent and teaching skills for decades. We provide life and work mentoring to our apprentices so you’re ready to hit the ground running.

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Are you ready to step up and become a registered builder? Use your natural leadership skills and drive to run your own business. Study the Certificate IV in Building and Construction at GOTAFE. We’ll teach you all aspects of business, from finance, planning, customers and staff management. Run a construction business and take the lead in turning the client’s vision into a reality. You’ll learn skills to select and manage contractors and apprentices.

Use your qualification and experience to become a registered building practitioner in Victoria.

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It’s the apprenticeship that takes you from fixing the kitchen window to working on multi-storey buildings. Have a different workplace every day. Study the Certificate III in Glass and Glazing.

Learn in our world-class facilities with the experts. We’ll teach you to select, cut, install, replace and remove glass for a variety of uses. From balustrades, to kitchen splashbacks and shopfronts.

You’ll get plenty of practice with tools and machinery. Learn safe work practices. Handle different types of glass and glazing materials. We’ll teach you to match glass and tools to the job before you.

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Cabinet makers: artists amongst builders. With an eye for detail and a flair for design, they create the cupboards and shelving that makes a space work and flow.

In your apprenticeship, you’ll learn at work and in our on-campus workshop. We’ll build your confidence in both traditional and modern construction methods. Use hand and power tools, and both static and computer-controlled machines. Build and repair furniture made of solid timber and timber-based products.

The experts at GOTAFE will customise your training plan to focus on furnitures, kitchens or bathrooms. Learn how to design so that form dovetails with function.

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