Background

In late 2018 a Victorian Government grant was received to implement workforce development program that supported the flooring businesses to attract entry level workers, to take on a career in the industry. The grant was made under the Victorian Government’s Workforce Training Innovation Fund (WTIF) initiative, which encourages new and different approaches to vocational training.

The Every House has a Floor Project is managed by the Australian Flooring Industry Alliance in partnership with Holmesglen Institute Chadstone campus).

Objectives

Our project aims to:

  • raise awareness of the flooring installation trades as a good career choice for potential learners
  • increase the number of flooring technology apprentices in training; and
  • trial a blended approach to flooring technology training that can be replicated by TAFE Flooring Technology Departments throughout Australia.

How the program operates?

Our approach relies on getting the flooring industry involved, talking with careers advisors and teachers at schools, presenting information sessions at careers expos and encouraging potential apprentices who are registered with social enterprises, such as Salvation Army, to understand more about this opportunity. To support students and their employers, we have highly experienced trade qualified ‘industry advisors’ in mentoring roles.

Participants are enrolled into the Certificate III in Flooring Technology apprenticeship qualification.

If you would like to learn more about the project, know a person who is interested in becoming a Flooring Technician or a company that is looking to employ an apprentice, please contact Sonya at the Australian Flooring Alliance on 0497 008 196 or email sonya@flooringalliance.com.au