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School Programs

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MPA Skills offer multiple school programs for students from Year 9 to Year 12. These include:

  • School-Based Pre-Apprenticeship (52887WA Certificate II in Plumbing) 1 Year
  • Try-A-Trade (one day painting, two days plumbing)
  • Year 9 Career Taster Program

52824WA Certificate II in Building & Construction (Pathway – Trades)

Applications are now open for the 2025 school-based pre-apprenticeship program.

A school-based pre-apprenticeship is a great way for students in Years 11 and 12 to work towards a trade qualification in painting.

This program is fully funded by the Department of Training and Workforce Development, so there is no course fee charged to the student.
ome schools charge a training centre fee. Please speak with your VET Coordinator for further details).

Upon course completion, students are awarded Certificate II in Painting and the qualification count towards their final school grades.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: There are now minimum entrance requirements to enter into a School Based Pre Apprenticeship program. Your school will need to make sure that you are work ready and academically capable of completing the program.  Students must be going into Year 11 or 12 and have a C Grade average to be eligible for the program. You must have also not completed any prior VET qualifications.


Our school-based painting pre-apprenticeship is available at the following location;

John Forrest Secondary College – CLICK HERE to enrol for 2025


Please read the School Based Pre App Fact Sheet for further information.

If you have any queries, please call 9471 6602 or email


CTF Funded Try-A-Trade

The program gives participants the opportunity to try different trades, find the right career path and learn critical skills needed for the job. Participants gain real-world experience through practical activities led by an experienced professional. Each Try-A-Trade course runs for up to three days and focuses on two to three trades.

As it is funded by the CTF there is no cost to schools, but you do have to register via this link. Select Trade Stream and in the free typing section at the bottom, ask for painting and plumbing.


Year 9 Career Taster 

The Year 9 Career Taster Program (CTP) aims to inspire secondary school students to become ‘career curious’ about further study opportunities and potential careers. Funding support might be available from DoE / AISWA / CEWA depending on your school.

Visit and use the keyword MPA SKILLS to find our two courses.

Short Courses

Last year, we introduced a range of new short courses for schools, including ‘Careers in Hydrogen’, ‘Interior Decorating & Colours’, ‘Mural Magic’, Spray Painting and many more. 

These courses are designed to provide students with valuable practical skills that can be applied in both personal and professional settings. Whether they are interested in pursuing a career in the trades or simply looking to explore their interests, these courses are a fantastic opportunity to gain hands-on experience.

Please view this pdf listing for available courses. Click HERE to put in an Expression of Interest.