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.

Blog Articles

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    NSW Bricklaying Benefits as State Tops HIA Housing Scorecard

    HIA has last week reported that New South Wales has widened its lead over Victoria in the latest HIA Housing Scorecard report. The HIA Housing Scorecard ranks each of the eight states and territories based on the performance of their housing markets.

    “The large states dominate the top rankings in the latest HIA Housing Scorecard, with NSW extending its lead in first place thanks to a remarkable performance on the detached house side,” explained HIA Senior Economist, Shane Garrett.

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    Raising the Bar through Discussions on Product Knowledge and Standards

    For some time in WA ABBTF has been running an ‘ABBTF Supervisors Course’ for building supervisors responsible for overseeing contractor Bricklayers and other trades on building sites.

    It’s a good time for this in WA where building starts have slowed and there is less demand for new apprentices, the core Purpose at ABBTF.

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    Finding Your Career Pathway Just Became a Bit Easier

    Australian Apprenticeship Pathways has developed a helpful quiz called Career Interest Explorer to help students starting out on the journey of selecting a career path.

    It’s really simple, it’s private (no names required), it takes about 5 minutes and can be redone if you want. It all happens by choosing a point along a scale for the various questions!

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    What do these students have in common with Bronson Harrison?

    They are all involved in bricklayer training. Bronson, a St George Illawarra Dragon and Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador, employs two apprentice bricklayers together with his bricklayer brother Cheyne in their construction business.

    It’s great to hear of a top sportsman with a plan for life beyond NRL and one prepared to share it with others. Bronson was previously also an Apprentice Mentor in the NRL’s Trade UP program.

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    Bricklaying’s Trystan Sammut Makes the Cut for International Skills Squad

    With WorldSkills Australia’s National comp behind us, the focus now turns to selecting the very best team possible to take on the rest of the world in Abu Dhabi in October 2017. The Skills Squad for Abu Dhabi can only accommodate 20-24 places, out of 44 Gold Medal winners – and its good news for Bricklaying!

    I’m pleased to say the well-deserved Gold medallist in the Bricklaying category, Trystan Sammut from Ballarat has been named in the Skills Squad which means he will now be assessed for Australian Team selection. This process is important because the competitors need to be made aware of the rigorous training requirements as well as the ambassadorial responsibilities attached to the role. They have to make the decision to commit to the whole journey, or not take part.

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    Trystan Sammut Selected for WorldSkills International Squad

    It has just been announced that Gold Medal winner in Bricklaying at the WorldSkills Australia National competition, Trystan Sammut has been selected as one of up to 25 Gold winners to train for WorldSkills International.

    Trystan will soon join the 14 other men and nine women for the first training event for three days in Melbourne where the Skills Squad will meet with their skills mentors and develop a training plan for the coming months.

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    Great Bricklaying Apprenticeship Numbers Coming Out of Queensland

    You might have noticed in our Brickies Blog or in the ABBTF 2015-16 Annual Report that the number of bricklaying apprentices was at a 5 year high this year.

    The data is showing us that sign ups in the first half of calendar 2016-17 have nearly equalled the whole of 2015-16 and given that year was significantly up on the previous year (+34%) the number of apprentices in Qld is looking healthy.

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    ‘City Deals’ Investment Promises Housing Growth for NSW

    The bricklaying and building industry generally is set to benefit from an announcement late last week for a plan that will deliver more jobs and more housing as part of the first of several fund injections under the ‘City Deal for NSW’ investment partnership, between the NSW and Australian governments.

    Western Sydney leads off with all cities in NSW to roll out investment plans from this partnership. The plan aims to make the state’s cities, metropolitan and regional, more liveable for the communities and businesses that they serve.

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    Sir Joseph Totterdell: Remarkable Australian Bricklayer who Transformed the Brick Building Industry in WA

    This is the very remarkable story of a clever and industrious man who foresaw the needs of the building industry in Western Australia and took action to make it happen.

    Son of a Bricklayer and Brickmaker, Joseph Totterdell (1885-1959) immigrated to Australia from England in 1903. Before doing so he completed a five year Bricklaying apprenticeship where he was indentured to his father from the very young age of thirteen.

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