The four-day Try a Trade program is an ideal introduction into a rewarding career in the building and construction industry. The program is suitable for school leavers, those who are unemployed, those looking to change careers and recent migrants.
Delivered by trade professionals, the program provides the opportunity to understand the requirements for a career in a range of trades and what it’s like to be a tradie before committing to a full-time training course.
During the taster program you will learn basic skills that will help you to develop an understand of the wide range of work skills required in trades occupations.
The course includes:
- planning and organising work
- occupational health and safety work site basics and workplace communication skills
- understanding the study options and literacy and numeracy requirements
- exposure to industry professionals
- construction and bricklaying practical sessions
- plumbing practical sessions
- electrical practical sessions
- guidance to select a trade course.
The course is an introduction to a Certificate II (Pre-apprenticeship) in:
- Building and Construction (Carpentry)
- Building and Construction (Bricklaying)
- Construction Pathways
As well as providing a pathway to an apprenticeship, the Try a Trade course can help prepare you for the workforce or allow you to improve existing skills.
A range of employers in Melbourne and Victorian are looking for apprentices. Working closely with our employer and industry networks, Swinburne Start can assist students who are enrolled in a Certificate II (Pre-apprenticeship) course to find apprenticeship employment.
We also run a similar program at our Wantirna campus where Engineering, Landscape Construction and Horticulture may be included.
What do I wear?
You will need to wear fully enclosed leather boots. No runners or open toe shoes may be worn. If you do not have access to suitable footwear, please enquire prior to the commencement of the program as we may be able to lend you a pair.
We also require you to wear shorts for your bricklaying day (usually the second day of the course) and long pants for the rest of the time.
What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?
The campus is easy to access by car and there is adequate car parking on campus or in neighbouring streets. The campus is about a ten minute walk from the Croydon railway station. A bus links the campus to Croydon station.
Where is Croydon campus?
Download information about Croydon campus and a campus map here.
What should I bring into the event?
Please bring your event confirmation with you once you recieve it by email.
We suggest you bring lunch, morning tea and water. We also have a cafeteria on campus open most days.
How do I pay?
This booking reserves a place, but we require you to pay the $25 fee before the commencement of the program. You will be contacted regarding payment before the program starts.
What's the refund policy?
We can issue refunds if you cant attend, or can offer you a place in a different program.
These programs have been developed through a collaboration between Learn Locals and Swinburne University of Technology. By registering for this program you agree that the details you provide will be shared with the Learn Local delivering the program.
For more information:
- Swinburne - http://www.swinburne.edu.au/privacy/
- CIRE - http://www.cire.org.au/privacy-policy/
- Learn Local - http://learnlocal.org.au/privacy-policy/
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When & Where
Student HQ, Building CG (off Gate 4)
Swinburne University of Technology
12-50 Norton Rd
For more than 100 years, Swinburne has been committed to innovative education, producing outstanding graduates and delivering enduring outcomes for our industry partners. With a focus on science, technology and innovation, our reputation for high quality engaged teaching and research is reflected in Swinburne's consistent ranking among the top 3% of universities in the world.