Apprenticeship FAQs

Below is a list of frequently asked questions to help you gather information about what's involved in the ABN Group's Training Program. 

Where are ABN's apprenticeships based?

All our apprenticeships are based solely in Western Australia. All our apprenticeships are offered in Perth and some of our trades also offer apprenticeships in Bunbury. For more information about which trades are available in which region, contact ABN Training via email or call us on +61 8 9200 4500.

Benefits of the ABN Group's Training Program

  • Excellent career opportunities across the companies within ABN Group
  • Earn while you learn - great money from day one
  • The opportunity to become a team player within Australia's largest building group and largest employer of home building apprentices
  • Specialist training from people who are experts in their chosen field
  • The opportunity to work with highly regarded tradespeople that have a passion for doing the job to the highest quality
  • Recognition and reward for high achievers
  • A low ratio of apprentices to field officers ensures that the development and progress of apprentice's skills are being monitored closely whilst providing regular communication, feedback, and site visits
  • Ongoing assistance for graduated apprentices to become subcontractors within the ABN Group
  • Comprehensive tool kit at start up
  • Company shirts and Personal Safety Equipment
  • Rewards for high achievers
  • Interest-free loans to assist getting started in business within the ABN Group

Is ABN Group a Registered Group Training Organisation?

ABN Group is listed on the National Group Training Register. This register lists all Group Training Organisations who comply with national standards set by vocational education and training Ministers and are eligible to use the Group Training National logo. All organisations listed on this National Register have been recognised as compliant against the National Standards for GTO's, for State and Territory Training Authorities. For more information on the Group Training National Register, see http://www.grouptraining.ntis.gov.au/ 

What training and apprenticeship programs do ABN Group offer?

ABN Group offer a choice of 12 different trade apprenticeships.

  • Concreting
  • Bricklaying
  • Carpentry and joinery
  • Roof plumbing
  • Plastering
  • Wall and ceiling fixing
  • Plumbing and gas fitting
  • Wall and floor tiling
  • Painting and decorating
  • Cabinet making
  • Stone masonry
  • Fixing carpentry

What are the prerequisites for the ABN Group's Training Apprenticeship Program?

ABN Groups Training applicants must:

  • Have undertaken research into trade types and suitability
  • Be prepared to conduct work experience to discover suitability
  • Have passion to succeed in the chosen trade
  • Have enthusiasm to work in a team environment to put in a good effort
  • Have completed a minimum trade maths and English within school environment
  • Be respectful, hardworking, honest, motivated, loyal, reliable, and punctual

Employers are particularly interested in applicants who have conducted some research into career opportunities and job types. Relevant work experience or studies is seen as an advantage and will give applicants an edge over other's as most employers prefer apprentices with sufficient literacy and numeracy skills.

What are the benefits of achieving a nationally recognised trade qualification?

The building and construction industry promotes fact that all trades should have achieved formal qualifications. The industry is currently identifying the existing workforce as those that either already have their trade qualifications or those that intend on applying for recognition of their skills (attained by an RPL Recognition of Prior Learning process).

These recognised individuals will eventually be preferred to those that may not have achieved this status. With this thought in mind, the ABN group are providing support to any trades that wish to move with such accreditation.

Another benefit of a trade qualification is clearly possessing a sense of personal pride and achievement, to be able to publicly quote or display your qualification and to confidently and rightfully pass on your skills to train other apprentices for prosperity.

What if I don't know what trade I want to do for my apprenticeship?

A trade pre-apprenticeship course at TAFE or other Registered Training Organisations is highly recommended for people who are unsure of what trade is best suited to them. A pre-apprenticeship is a full-time course you can choose to complete before you sign on to do an apprenticeship.

Advantages of doing a pre-apprenticeship course:

  • A pre-apprenticeship course will allow you to try out a trade before committing to a long term contract or Training Agreement with an employer. You can try a trade and see if it really suits you before committing to a longer term apprenticeship.
  • It increases your competitiveness in getting an apprenticeship. You will have an edge over someone who is untrained when applying for an apprenticeship with an employer if you can demonstrate you already have some skills.
  • It gives you advanced standing in apprenticeship studies. A pre-apprentice course will have already taught you some things you will learn as an apprentice, so you can skip those units that teach skills in which you are already competent.
  • The Construction Training Fund (CTF) offer a $250.00 subsidy to the successful completion of a pre apprenticeship course to assist in the cost of the TAFE course.
  • Pre-apprentices traditionally have extremely high rates of success in gaining apprenticeships after their training.

How long does it take to become a fully qualified tradesperson?

As people complete their apprenticeships at varied rates, training these days is increasingly being assessed on competencies met rather than a specific time frame. Depending on the trade and apprenticeship terms selected, timeframes can range from 2 to 4 years.

There is a big difference between completing a formal trade qualification and being a fully qualified trade with the maturity to contract independently.

What do I get once I've completed the ABN Group Apprenticeship Program?

Once you have completed and passed all competencies of your apprenticeship program, you will be awarded with a nationally accredited trade certificate. This is recognition that an apprentice is a competent tradesperson and is recognised by employers across Australia.

We also present a certificate of acknowledgement from the ABN Group in completing what is considered to be an outstanding achievement.

What career opportunities are available once I've completed my apprenticeship?

As Australia's largest residential building group, ABN Group have many trade positions available at any one time for the apprentice who has strived to achieve high quality standards throughout their training.

At the completion of our your qualification, ABN Group offer an interest free start up loan if the apprentice is considering starting up their own contracting business within the ABN Group. We have had many successful apprentices take us up on this offer which they pay back through direct debits on the contract sum.