Building and Construction Scholarships

Recognising the importance of career progression, advancement and satisfaction of our workforce.

CITB currently offers three Building and Construction Scholarships through the University of South Australia. This partnership aims to promote and support the uptake of degree qualifications by workers in the construction sector. 

The scholarships provide financial support to students over three years. CITB have an objective to increase the number of scholarships to nine in the future.


The scholarship is worth $5,500 per year on a full time study basis or $2,750 part-time. Funding will continue throughout studies up to a maximum of $22,000.


Applicants must be employed for a minimum of 20 hours per week in the South Australian building and construction industry by an employer recognised by CITB and must also be full-time or part-time enrolled in an eligible UniSA program.

Eligible UniSA programs include:

To be eligible for this scholarship, applicants must:

  • be Australian citizens, permanent residents or hold a permanent humanitarian visa
  • reside in South Australia whilst in receipt of the scholarship
  • employed within the South Australian building and construction industry by a CITB eligible employer
  • enrolled in a full-time or part-time eligible UniSA program
  • be in their first or second year of study

Application Process

To apply, applicants must provide:

  • curriculum vitae
  • letter from employer confirming details of employment
  • written statement (maximum 500 words) detailing:
    • reason for studying construction
    • history of other relevant training courses completed
    • future career goals and the impact they would like to have on their chosen profession
    • what attributes they possess that make them an ideal ambassador for CITB Scholarship
    • any relevant information demonstrating the criteria of an equity group.

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to attend an interview. 

Selection Process

The scholarships will be awarded on the basis of passion for the construction industry, employment history and any relevant prior training completed. Recipients must be willing to act as an ambassador for the CITB Scholarship (e.g. participate in occasional activities such as filming/interviews to document the journey and impact of the scholarship). 

Three scholarships will be awarded per annum, at least one of which will be awarded to a female student or a student from a socio-economic group that is underrepresented in terms of university participation. 

Scholarship continuance is subject to satisfactory academic performance (Grade Point Average of 4 or above) and ongoing employment (minimum of 20 hours per week) within the South Australian building and construction industry with a CITB eligible employer. A break in employment can be no longer than 3 months. 

Further Information

Applications for the CITB scholarship open in March 2019. For more information and to apply, head to the University of South Australia scholarship page.

2018 Inaugural Scholarship Recipients

In 2018 three inaugural scholarships were offered to the following students.

Leigh Campbell 

Leigh is a qualified electrician at Deadshort Electrical while undertaking a Bachelor of Built Environment. Leigh would like to progress his career into contract administration.

Laura Cornthwaite

Laura works full-time as a project coordinator / contract administrator for Badge Constructions and is the treasurer for the SA Chapter of NAWIC (National Association of Women in Construction)  She is currently enrolled in a Bachelor of Built Environment and is an enthusiastic advocate for women to pursue careers in construction.
Mitchell Hamdorf

Mitchell is a building cadet at Shape Construction working 30 hours a week while studying full-time a Bachelor of Construction. Prior to joining Shape, Mitchell worked in carpentry and is currently actively engaged in a group at UniSA that brings together industry and construction students.