Apprentices – Bricklaying, Your Future Freedom!

Bricklaying – Your Future Freedom!

Take on a bricklaying apprenticeship and discover a hands-on satisfaction like no other.

Australian apprenticeships are not all the same and bricklaying is no exception. If you enjoy being outdoors, like working with your hands and love seeing the end results of your work – becoming a qualified bricklayer could be just for you.

Just like other Australian apprenticeships, you’ll earn good apprentice wages while working towards your trade certificate qualification. After that, the sky’s the limit! You can become your own boss, hire other bricklayers as part of your own bricklaying gang – and even progress further, with a successful career in the building and construction industry.

That’s just a glimpse of the possibilities available to you. For more information on Australian apprenticeships in bricklaying, or about becoming a qualified bricklayer, explore our website.

For state specific information on bricklaying apprenticeships use the blue State Apprenticeships menu located at the top of the page.

Blog Articles

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    Sam Spong Wins National WorldSkills Competition

    Bricklaying’s 2014 WorldSkills national competition in Perth saw Sam Spong from New Berrima NSW win the Gold Medal in Bricklaying. Matthew Cheso from Murray Bridge SA won the Silver Medal and the Bronze Medal went to Nicholas Coci from Carabooda WA. Well done to you all.

    Sam deserves enormous credit for his courageous win against a high quality field, each young person aspiring to excel at building what was a complex brick and block project in just 18 hours. The standard of bricklaying from the fourteen competitors was the highest for many years!

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    Need to Know: Training Benchmarks for 457 Visa Brickies

    Employers applying for approval as Sponsors of 457 Visa Bricklaying workers entering Australia must meet the requirements of the Training Benchmarks set by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).

    Employers as Sponsors need to demonstrate that they have made a contribution to training each year. This may include a contribution of at least 2% of payroll to an Industry Training Fund if current training expenditure on employees is less than 1% of payroll. This pre-requisite is seen as a contribution to national training in lieu of training existing employees.

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    Good Radio Response to Apprenticeship Vacancies

    An article in the Australian Financial Review in August on apprentice numbers being at a 10 year low has sparked a great interest in the bricklaying skill shortage through a number of radio stations.

    ABBTF currently has 200 apprenticeship vacancies which we are finding difficult to fill. This is a surprising number considering that youth unemployment is at the highest level since 1997!

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    ABBTF Scholarship Aims at WorldSkills International Gold

    In the international bricklaying competition in Leipzig Germany last year a new standard in quality and accuracy of brickwork was set. This was despite assigned Projects the projects becoming more complex and tougher to complete in the allotted 22 hour timeframe. The winning project (from the UK) gained a score of 89.4% which is by far the highest winning score in any former international events.

    The main reason behind the outstanding work and scores is that countries are investing more resources to support the mastery of the skills required to do well in WorldSkills competitions. Countries are utilising their involvement to not only do well in the competition but also raise the standard of skills in their respective countries. It’s quite exciting.

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    A Life Changing Success in Bricklaying

    Aziz Muradi is a great example of grabbing opportunities in both hands in achieving a start in an apprenticeship in bricklaying in the ACT.

    Aziz is a 19 year old refugee from Afghanistan who fled his war torn country in a boat in 2012. His experience in bricklaying started when he laid his first brick during an ABBTF Step Out Program.

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    Why School Based Expos Work

    ABBTF employs a wide ranging strategy in terms of attracting youth to our magnificent trade and industry. One of those mediums is attending Careers Expos.

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    How Do I Find an Apprentice in Qld?

    If you are a bricklayer, out there just doing your thing, you might be wondering – So how do I find an apprentice anyway?

    Well it’s as easy as calling the Australian Brick and Block Training Foundation Queensland (ABBTF) on 1300 66 44 96 or 07 3205 5559.

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    Precision and Accuracy will ‘test the best’ WorldSkills Bricklayers

    We’re pumped! The National WorldSkills, all trades competition will be held soon in WA: September 18 – 20, with around 50 trades and skills groups gathered in Perth. The bricklaying comp will be a real test of skills and competence for the 17 talented young bricklayers from across Australia vying to be the nation’s best

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    A Bricklaying Apprentice – I Didn’t See This Coming!

    When my son Charlie left school in December 2013 to become an apprentice landscaper I gave him my full support. Charlie had worked onsite with me occasionally when I was bricklaying, during school holidays to earn a little cash. He always remarked though, that he didn’t want to follow in my footsteps as a bricklayer. “I’m going to be a carpenter or landscaper where I can build with timber and use power tools” he said.

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Interested in trying Bricklaying? Then please contact us on 1300 30 44 77