The Construction Apprenticeship Mentoring Scheme (CAMS) is a major new initiative of Master Builders Australia to improve apprenticeship completions and enhance career opportunities in the building and construction industry.
CAMS is a comprehensive, nationally co-ordinated approach to supporting construction apprentices. It integrates an online engagement strategy with access to one-on-one mentoring and an innovative approach to supporting out-of-trade apprentices.
The key elements of CAMS are:
- An Online Resource, with information for current and prospective apprentices, news and FAQs, moderated chatrooms, and links to social networking;
- Telephone, email and face-to-face advice for apprentices and employers by full-time advisers;
- A Volunteer Apprentice Mentoring Scheme to match apprentices to carefully selected and trained industry volunteer mentors for more intensive one-on-one support;
- Supporting ‘out-of-trade’ apprentices through transitional training, continued mentoring support and subsidised work placements (NSW and SA pilots only); and
- Working with schools and communities to provide information about the apprenticeship pathway.
The CAMS Project is coordinated by Master Builders Australia, with delivery of services through dedicated Apprenticeship Engagement Officers employed by state and territory Master Builders Associations. CAMS is funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education through the Australian Apprenticeships Mentoring Package.
CAMS Pathways into Building and Construction
CAMS Pathways into Building and Construction is a new program through which Master Builders works with schools and communities to provide information about the apprenticeship pathway. Master Builders’ Apprenticeship Engagement Officers located in offices around the country are available to visit schools, community events, career expos and trade shows to discuss construction careers. They are also able to answer phone, email and face-to-face enquiries from prospective apprentices, employers and other interested parties on an ongoing basis.
In support of these activities, Master Builders is developing a range of resource materials on construction apprenticeships, including series of ten fact sheets providing realistic advice on work in the building and construction industry. Factsheets are available in the Apprenticeships section of this website.
CAMS Pathways into Building and Construction is funded by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education through the Australian Apprenticeships Advisers Program.
To organise a school visit or career events, request for career materials or to speak to an Apprenticeship Engagement Officer, please contact (02) 8586 3555 or email firstname.lastname@example.org