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Being A Tradesperson

Skilled Trades play an important role in our economy and society. Tradespeople build and maintain the homes we live in, the cars we drive, the planes we fly in, machines we operate, and almost every aspect of our lives. Tradies in our industries cut across all the major sectors of the Australian economy; including printing, vehicle, food, metal fabrication, mining, aerospace, mining, oil & gas, building and construction, health, education, and building services.

The whole idea of an apprenticeship is to intergrate work with learning. The best way to learn new concepts and skills is to be formally taught them and then to practice until you are competent and proffecient  That is why the combination of learning both on-the-job and off-the-job is the best way to develop the trade skills that will enable you to work virtually anywhere in the world.

It’s a great time to complete a trade, as skilled tradespeople are in demand, particularly in the mining, defence, and infrastructure sectors. This demand will only increase with the 'baby-boomer' generation retiring.

Here are collection of our members who are proud of their skills and the work they do.

In the manufacturing industry the trades we generally refer to include:

  •     Fitting and machining
  •     Boiler making
  •     Blacksmithing
  •     Engineering
  •     Mechanical trades
  •     Electrical/electronic trades
  •     Fabrication trades
  •     Aero skills trades (including avionics and mechanical trade)
  •     Pre-Press Trade
  •     Printing



Want to find out more call your union today on 1300 732 698.