Big Build Pre-Employment Support Program

The Big Build Pre-Employment Support Program provides eligible candidates with pre-employment training, job preparation and support.

These four-week programs are offered between August and November 2023, to candidates who are intending to secure a full-time apprenticeship (up to 4 years) or traineeship (up to 2 years) in the construction sector.

  • Running from August – November 2023, and offered over four weeks, the Pre-Employment Support Program consists of entry-level units of competency, employment readiness and supports to transition successful candidates into employment. The training will take place at Holmesglen’s Drummond Street Chadstone Campus.
  • Prospective candidates will gain access to this program following a pre-selection process conducted by the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN) and assessment for Admission into the program by Holmesglen.
  • Participants will be eligible to receive support payments while undertaking the program to remove barriers to participation.
  • Participants will all receive personal protective equipment.
  • Training will occur on-site at the TAFE training centre for 4 days per week, over 3 consecutive weeks.
  • On the other day, group training organisation (GTO)s may arrange additional non-accredited employment preparation, industry visits, and provide mentoring.
  • Attendance at all sessions will be required to qualify for completion of the program.
  • Upon successful completion participants will have the opportunity of employment with a GTO in a construction related apprenticeship. Participants may be directly employed by a GTO where they may be rotated across a range of host employers for the duration of their apprenticeship.
  • If successful in obtaining a job, participants should expect to perform most of their initial work on smaller projects before progressing to a Big Build project.

To be eligible, participants must be:

  • Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents.
  • Physically present in Victoria for the duration of the training provided and be committed to take on apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities in Victoria.
  • In one of the under-represented cohorts in the construction sector, including: Women over 45, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, and People from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse backgrounds and long term unemployed.

Course Dates

Program 1:         11th of September to 29th September

Program 2:         2nd October to 20th of October

Program 3:         23rd of October to 13th of November (taking into consideration cup day)

Program 4:         20th of November to 8th of December

Course Units of Competencies

Unit Code  Unit Title
CPCWHS1001      Prepare to work safely in the construction industry
RIIWHS201E         Work safely and follow WHS policies and procedures
RIICOM201E        Communicate in the workplace
RIICCM201E         Carry out measurements and calculations
RIIRTM203E         Work as a safety observer/spotter
VU23410        Prepare to work in a civil construction environment
RIIBEF201E           Plan and organise work
RIISAM204E         Operate small plant and equipment

How to Apply?

If you wish to apply for the Pre-employment Support Program, please submit an enquiry at
Course in Civil Construction Pathway | Melbourne TAFE Courses & Degrees, Victoria (
or call
1300 639 888

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