Apprentices – 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.
To say there is very high demand for Bricklayers in the NSW market would be the understatement of the year; just look at the number of tower cranes working in Sydney at the moment (approximately 300 in the greater Sydney area). I have been in the construction industry in Sydney for over 30 years and the last time I saw it this busy was in 2000 before the GST increase and the Sydney Olympics. Reversing a long term trend, bricks are now making a huge comeback in high rise buildings and numerous buildings are all face brick in over 20 story constructions.
Lithgow High School’s senior construction class was recently given the opportunity to visit the bricklaying facility at Bathurst TAFE. Lithgow’s VET teacher Wayne Morris brought the students Bathurst to experience the practical skills necessary to achieve part of the course competencies in bricklaying and to benefit from exposure to one of our trade’s best trainers.
At TAFE, under the expert guidance of Bathurst TAFE teacher Peter Moore, the Year 12 students were able to practice some of the basic skills and also learn about the career opportunities available in the bricklaying trades.
Career Expos which feature bricklaying’s highly regarded “Try a Trade” hands on experience are coming to town at schools in Cannington and Duncraig and to the Perth Convention Centre over the next while. These are opportunities not to be missed. Ongoing feedback tells us we have the best exhibition on offer to learn and try out a trade with the prospect of undertaking a Bricklaying Apprenticeship.
The Fair Work Commission recently handed down the highly anticipated ruling to determine how much the existing minimum wage would increase for the next 12 months. The result is that the Fair Work Commission has announced a 2.4% increase in the minimum wage, which will flow on to bricklaying apprentices under the Modern Award, applicable for the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July, 2016.
Employers need do nothing at this point. It takes the Fair Work Commission 2 – 3 weeks to update the pay rates in each award.
Originally Mitchell Osborne’s dad had a contract to build an ANZAC memorial at Beerwah but when he was unable to go he called upon his son to help. Mitchell jumped to it and travelled to Queensland from Melbourne along with his own first year bricklaying apprentice Daniel Hocking (pictured below) to have the honour of completing the project.
Mitchell, who has his own business, MJO Bricklaying, was delighted to offer to take Daniel on the trip “He is a great apprentice who can already lay 100 bricks a day yet he only started his apprenticeship in January this year.”
The shortage of skilled bricklayers in Australia has been confirmed by the recent decision of the Federal Department of Education and Training to have bricklaying remain on the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) for the 2016-2017 year.
The annual review of the SOL takes into account the labour market prospects of skilled migrants along with domestic training and labour market outcomes.
ABBTF and Masonry Contractors Australia (MCA) are about to hold Roadshows in North and Central Qld next week from Monday 30 May.
These roadshows are to give the industry an insight into ABBTF and MCA. They will explain the services and benefits these Associations bring to the industry. Both ABBTF and MCA invite you to come along and join us to hear what could be very beneficial to your business.
A terrible car accident on April 23, the ANZAC Day weekend, sadly killed a 17 year old apprentice bricklayer, Ethan Hertslet and two of his friends who were returning home after the long weekend away.
Ethan lived in the regional town of Orange in NSW where the devastation of this loss left people heartbroken. He was an apprentice bricklayer employed by local bricklayer Gary Pollack and was a very popular young person at work and amongst his peers around Orange, Gilgandra, Brewarrina and elsewhere.
In a recent article in the UK Daily Mail on employers making decisions about job applicants, this headline reinforced a vital but often overlooked aspect of how to succeed. According to the article, interviewers on average, take just 385 seconds to decide if the candidate is right for the role!
ABBTF finds, when evaluating Bricklaying Apprenticeship applications, in some cases it can be even quicker. Something as simple as a bad email address that might be rude or have an offensive connotation to it can have a candidate dismissed before their CV/Resume is even read, let alone being considered for attending an interview.