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Problem-solving, enjoyment of physical work, a creative mind and the ability to prioritise are all needed for an in-demand career in bricklaying.

Love creating, planning and controlling projects? TAFE NSW courses in building and construction are all linked to industry needs so you can help create, shape and improve the environments we all live and work in. Explore introductory courses, apprenticeships and advanced trade courses that concentrate on specialised skills.

Learn how to use hand and power tools, work from plans and specifications to fabricate, install and construct, and learn how to select the correct materials. Completion of a qualification in this field may satisfy the educational requirements of the Office of Fair Trading for the issue of a carpentry trade contractor licence.

A project isn't finished until it's finished! Painting and decorating careers are in demand and on show.

Underground or overhead, plumbers master pipes, drains, gutters, metal roofing and mechanical services. Careers focus on everything from water supply, gas, drainage, sewerage to heating, cooling and ventilation systems.

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Brad, Construction student

Medical duo building new qualifications

"As older students I think we have a bit more insight into life and where we want to be and how we are going to get there… We’re here to learn, but we have fun too."

Brad, Construction student

It's not often you hear of a medical professional taking on an apprenticeship as a builder – even rarer to find two in the same class.

But that's what you find at TAFE NSW, with Brad Carey, a radiographer of 18 years, and Matt Ring, an emergency nurse of 14 years, both enroled in a six-month pre-apprenticeship course in construction while juggling their hospital rosters.

"I'm at a point in my life where I want to do something different and building my own house is one of those things," says Matt.

Brad agrees, adding that while two jobs and study was a hefty workload, he had wanted to be a builder for more than 10 years. "I do afternoon shifts at the hospital to make this work. As older students I think we have a bit more insight into life and where we want to be and how we are going to get there."

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What job opportunities could trade courses lead to?

A building trades course can lead to a number of job opportunities, from working as a self-employed builder to overseeing projects and construction sites.

Qualifications in building trades can lead to a job as a plumber, sign writer, site foreman, builder or bricklayer. The average weekly salary for a plumber is $1,200. 

Whether you're just starting out in your building trades career, want to gain more qualifications, add to your previous experience, or simply broaden your horizons, TAFE NSW offers a wide variety of courses at a number of levels to suit you.

TAFE courses in the area include Plumbing, Carpentry, Construction, Bricklaying, Building Surveying, Roof Tiling, Building Design, Drainage and Building and Construction.