Traditionally, those wanting a career in building and construction throughout Australia started out by working alongside experienced builders and tradespeople during apprenticeships whilst attending trade school part-time.

For those who followed this path, stories of success abound. Andrew Downs, who started out doing an electrical apprenticeship and even doing post-graduate schooling today runs Sage Automation. The company, which he founded 11 years ago, is now the largest independently control building automated systems outfit in the country. Scott…