One of the toughest challenges for young apprentices is when they see unqualified labourers on job sites being paid more than apprentices. This is because the lower wages paid to an apprentice are supposed to compensate for the cost of their training and education.
When times are good, it becomes even more frustrating for apprentices as many unqualified workers enter the market.
BUT when the industry slows down, those with qualifications and skills training are better prepared to weather the storm.
Recently an unqualified builder in South Australia was found guilty of operating without a license or qualifications. He was fined $8000 for trading unlicensed, and was ordered to pay $6020 in compensation.
My advice to apprentices is to stick at your apprenticeship. In the long run you’ll have many more options than unqualified labourer’s. Plus, you’ll be on your way to becoming a licensed builder.
Director, FCTA SA.