Pre-employment support to develop your skills

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

This four-week program is offered over August – December 2023, to candidates who are intending to secure a full-time apprenticeship (up to 4 years) or traineeship (up to 2 years) upon successful completion.

workers working on a construction site
  • Running from August – December 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 provider for 4 days per week, for the 4-week duration.
  • On the other day, group training organisation (GTO)s may arrange additional non-accredited employment preparation, industry visits, contact and 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 area. 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 (CALD) backgrounds and long term unemployed.

Please note:

  • Skills First funding is only available for two courses in one year.
  • Eligible participants may be referred via a variety of partners, including Skills and Jobs Centres, they can also  apply through the Apprenticeship Victoria portal.
  • Individuals should confirm whether their participation affects any statutory or financial arrangements they have with other Government agencies.

 We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds, experiences and abilities.


Follow these steps to apply for the Pre-employment Support Program: 

  1. Register via the Apprenticeships Victoria portal.
  2. After registering, log in to the portal and fill out ‘My profile’. Check your email if you need instructions on how to log in.
  3. On the ‘Interests and goals’ page, select up to three industries and trades of interest. Under ‘What type of projects would you like to work on?’, select ‘Pre-employment support program’.

A member of the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN) will contact you to discuss your application and next steps.

Step 3. Interests and goals  >  ‘What type of projects would you like to work on?’  >  ‘Pre-employment support program’