Built for women

Built for women

Get fee-free training in construction and related fields. If you're looking for a career in building, civil construction, transport and logistics, plumbing or electrotechnology (electrician) - now is the perfect time to get started!

Start your career in construction today

Choosing vocational education and training in construction or a related industry will help you reach your career goals.

Never before have we seen so many women take up a course in construction, manufacturing, electrotechnology (electrician), plumbing, transport and logistics. About 6,000 women have accessed funded training in construction or a related industry over the last 18 months.

Whether you’re a school leaver looking to pursue a career as an electrician or an employee looking to retrain as a construction worker – now is the perfect time to get started in this industry.

Part qualifications (short courses) are also available. If you’re interested in a short course, contact your nearest Training Services NSW office.

Fee-free training is funded by the NSW and Commonwealth governments.

How to access the training
  • Be part of a growing sector: infrastructure is booming in Australia. Making construction a secure career choice.
  • Access useful training: gain skills and knowledge in work, health and safety and teamwork that can be used anywhere, across industries.
  • Develop your career: high rates of pay in an industry that is seeing phenomenal growth.
Loads of career opportunities

Trade industries are experiencing skills shortages, including:

  • electrical services
  • building and civil construction
  • traffic management
  • truck driving
  • warehouse operations and more!

NSW is focused on recovery. This is a great opportunity to get the required skills to kickstart your career in trades.

With a budget of over $110.4 billion over the next four years, there's lots of work available and ongoing in this industry.

You may be able to study a fee-free course in construction or a related industry if you are:
  • 15 years old or over
  • no longer at school
  • living or working in NSW
  • an Australian citizen, permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.

You do not have to be working in construction or have previous industry experience to access fee-free full qualifications in construction or a related industry.

In addition, your eligibility is not affected if you have completed a vocational education and training (VET) course, including a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship, as part of your high school education.

No matter who you are, Skills NSW makes it easier to access the training you need to enter this rewarding sector.

You may qualify for a range of discounts including fully-subsidised courses

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The sky's the limit

A carpentry apprenticeship has taken 27-year-old Anita Broomhead right to the top, onsite as a tradie at one of Sydney’s most exciting high rise developments, Multiplex’s 200m Quarter Quay Tower in Bridge Street Circular Quay.

I thought back to every successful foreman I had worked under. I wanted so badly to get it right, so I came in with a positive attitude and told myself you have the knowledge, now you have to do it.

We're here to help

For lifelong careers information and to access free professional career guidance visit Careers NSW.

Not sure what courses are available or how to enrol? Contact your nearest Training Services NSW office on 13 28 11 to help you make connections with the right organisations and people in your region.

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Not sure what courses are available or how to enrol? Contact your nearest office for help making connections in your region.

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Send an enquiry using the form on the left. Alternatively, here is how to contact your nearest Training Services NSW office.

Ring 13 28 11 to be directed to your nearest office or navigate to the Contact Us page to view our locations.

How long will it take to complete this qualification?

Short Course

All short courses are currently shown as under 4 months duration, based on the Department of Education's internal data analysis. Ask your provider for more information.


Duration information is based on 20 hours of class time per week and uses aggregated data reported to the Department by Smart and Skilled providers.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships

The duration indicates contract term which includes both formal training and full-time employment under a training contract. This is based on aggregated data reported to the Department by Smart and Skilled providers. Click here for more information about doing an apprenticeship or traineeship and ask your provider for guidance on your individual circumstances.