Underpinned by the Housing Industry Association (HIA), Build Your Future is an innovative industry scholarship program created by the HIA to address the training needs of Australia’s residential construction industry and is underpinned by HIA Training.
HIA, in conjunction with program partners JELD-WEN Australia and Stratco, introduced HIA Build Your Future Training Scholarships as part of a commitment towards strengthening and ensuring the ongoing supply of qualified tradespeople in the building industry.
The HIA Build Your Future scholarship program gives young people the opportunity to achieve the necessary qualifications towards obtaining a builders licence or registration in their state or territory and get them started on being their own boss. HIA Build Your Future Training Scholarships are available to apprentices, employees or contractors in the building industry to help them achieve their training goals, meet professional development objectives and reach their full potential.
Successful recipients are able to offset some of the cost of training by using the scholarship towards HIA training fees for the Nationally Recognised Training (NRT) you need to gain an industry licence or registration.
‘Scholarship winners are our future leaders and HIA and its partners are pleased to support them in their endeavours. They will set a fine example for other young people in our industry who recognise the need to continually strive to improve their skills,’ said HIA Managing Director, Shane Goodwin.
‘Sometimes apprentices or young tradesmen and women are not in the position to finance the additional qualifications they need to become licensed as a builder.’
‘A HIA Build Your Future scholarship can help them by taking away the concern of meeting the significant costs of training.’
‘The building industry will always have a demand for skilled tradespeople, and by offering scholarships we hope to ensure that talented young builders aren’t locked out of an otherwise rewarding future because of a lack of resources at one point in time.’
Young people within the residential building industry have benefited from this great opportunity since 2010 and the program continues to provide support for those who need assistance to reach their educational goals. Nominations have been received from men and women from a variety of building trades, including carpentry, plumbing, electrical, bricklaying, estimating, drafting and kitchen joinery. To date HIA Build Your Future has already awarded 111 scholarships across Australia.
2011 scholarship recipient Alex Turner says, ‘I learnt a lot of new skills and got tremendous support all along the way. HIA provided me with a lot of literature that will help me when I want to go further.’
‘I got a full scholarship. It’s been really good financially, especially in the first few years when you’re out of your apprenticeship,’ said scholarship recipient Carlo Simpson.
Full and partial HIA Build Your Future Training Scholarships are awarded twice a year. Next closing date for entries is 31 October 2013.
For eligibility criteria or to apply for a scholarship visit http://hia.com.au/buildyourfuture or contact Derilee Jaffer on 1300 650 620.