At Swinburne, you’re able to gain confidence by familiarising yourself with equipment, materials, practices and expectations, preparing you for the workforce or allowing you to improve on existing skills.
Government funding support is available for this course. Your completed pre-apprenticeship will also provide credit towards your formal studies if you go on to an apprenticeship.
Making the right choice is easy!
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12 weeks full-time (this course commences 20 Jan 2020, 13 July 2020, 5 October 2020)
Croydon (February, July, October) - View application and start dates
This is a nationally approved vocational course that is recognised throughout Australia.
Swinburne hosts WorldSkills Australia Regionals 2019
Held at Swinburne’s Croydon campus on 28 August, the WorldSkills Melbourne East Regionals featured five competing teams showcasing their skills across five trades.
I chose to study at Swinburne because it has a good reputation and I liked the learning environment. I thought it would be 50-50 in terms of theory versus practical work, but it’s a lot more practical work which is good because I like hands-on learning. To other girls interested in doing trades I would encourage you to do it. Don’t be afraid to work in a male dominated industry.
Certificate II in Building and Construction Pre-apprenticeship - Carpentry
Cutting Through: Why Two Students Chose Carpentry
Find out why current students Saara and Robin chose to carve out a career in the trade. Robin also discusses his favourite part of the Swinburne course and Saara shares some advice for women considering the traditionally male-dominated industry.
Study this course for free in 2020
You could have your tuition fees covered in 2020 thanks to the Victorian Government's Free TAFE for Priority Courses initiative.
You may be eligible if you are under 20 years old, or enrolling in a course at a higher level than you have completed before.
If you don't tick either of these boxes, you could still have a chance! There are other factors, too.
The best way to find out if you’re eligible is to apply.