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.
With the 2015 WA Regional WorldSkills competitions not far away, training providers, employers and apprentices are coming together to up-skill for this major event.
One of the most recent pre-competition “try outs” occurred at South West Institute of Technology (Bunbury) last week. Keenly supported by Dale Alcock South West, five of their apprentices matched up to undertake the project of which all completed to a fair degree of competency.
This weekend the Perth Convention Centre hosted the 2015 Exhibit Careers Expo.
More than 10,000 students, parents and the general public visited the venue to get careers and training advice from industry experts such as the ABBTF.
This year ABBTF expanded our presence to incorporate a WorldSkills Australia demonstration, in the form of a VETis project.
Many young people aspire to a rewarding career through a degree at University. Even some apprentices and more so their parents often think the University pathway provides a better outcome for a future career. If you are a tradie or working your way through an apprenticeship you might think life can be tough but the University alternative can be as tough, if not more so.
The Federal Government is introducing the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network, an innovative new targeted services which will deliver tailored advice and support to Australian Apprentices and employers who need additional assistance prior to sign-up and in-training.
Employers will receive more efficient help in navigating the apprenticeships system while individuals will be better assisted to complete their training. A selected group of experienced organisations has been appointed in the form of the new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN).
From April 13 to 17 the inaugural WorldSkills Oceania Competition was run in Hamilton, New Zealand and Australian Bricklaying champion Sam Spong from NSW competed as part of the Australian Team. The event was run exactly like an International WorldSkills competition so that competitors could gauge their progress in readiness for the main event in Brazil in August this year.
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were on offer and the projects were very similar to the Brazil projects with adjustments for the different NZ brick size. It was a great test and all competitors had to really extend themselves, especially in the latter stages of the competition.
Bricklayers working in regional areas of Australia may not be aware of the additional Federal Government funding to support the employment of a new apprentice – Rural & Regional Skills Shortage Incentive.
There is an additional $1,000 available to employers outside the metro areas of capital cities for signing on a new apprentice. This makes the Federal Government support up to $5,000 over the term of the apprenticeship.
Australian Apprenticeships, the Federal Government Agency which manages apprenticeships in its Centres across the States and Territories, has recently recognised Troy Everett as an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador. The appointment is in recognition of his excellent work in promoting the skilled trade of bricklaying in Australia and around the world.
Our Queensland Field Representative, Brian Munns, has been a bricklayer for 25 years, starting in the United Kingdom and migrating to Australia in 2006.
Brian had a successful bricklaying business as a host employer in both the UK and here in Queensland, taking on a number of apprentices before making the move into the training industry.
Brian brings a wealth of experience to ABBTF – a bricklayer who has worked overseas, an employer of apprentices and a qualified trainer.
The Annunciation Cathedral Kharkiv is a Neo-Byzantine structure built in 1888. At 80 metres high, it’s a stunning structure and the largest and tallest church in the Russian Empire.
These churches had so much energy put into them – from the design alone, the height for the bell tower, the materials. They first had to build a brickworks to make around five million bricks. The unique design incorporates so many pillars in the Neo-Byzantine effect.