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.
The following is advice you may wish to consider when making contact with a bricklayer for the first time, for the purpose of getting a bricklaying apprenticeship or re-engaging to an existing one.
Bricklayers are generally paid on the basis of their productivity and as such have a low tolerance for time wasters or people that do not answer or return calls or turn up late for appointments.
They also set high expectations for employees based on their own work ethic.
The Queensland construction market has been buoyed by the growth in the residential market for the past four years. HIA figures show residential dwelling starts increasing from 28,610 in 2012 to a forecast 43,980 in 2015, up 54% over 3 years. Much of this growth has been in South East Qld.
Some believe 2015 was the busiest construction year since 2007 and forecast predictions are that 2016 will prove to be just as strong as 2015, holding this level for the following year.
While Brisbane has been the focus of construction lately, it is predicted that stronger growth will be seen in regional and northern locations in 2016.
Many young people have been sweating on getting an offer of a University place this year. Those with an ATAR score that meets the standard course requirements are to be congratulated on their achievement.
Other young people with an ATAR score well below the standard should think twice before accepting an offer.
A recent report has revealed that many Universities are offering places to students with ATAR scores far below the course requirement in order to fill places and boost numbers.
We’re delighted that one of our own ABBTF team members, Qld State Manager Tony Bishop, has been appointed to judge the USA’s annual apprentice bricklaying championships on 3 February.
The US Masonry Skills Challenge is a competition run by the Masonry Contractors Association of America (MCAA) for masonry (bricklaying) apprentices in first, second and third year skill levels. The contest is a showcase for skills training in the industry, challenging winning apprentices from regional US and some foreign competitors, to determine the top masonry apprentice at each level.
With the recognition of Australia Day as the anniversary of the First Fleet’s arrival, 26 January 1788, comes the delivery of the first clay bricks in Australia.
Governor Arthur Phillip, a man of progressive views, envisaged durable buildings of quality. He believed that in time, like any civilised town, Sydney Cove and its environs would be built in brick.
Even before the Fleet’s departure from Portsmouth, Phillip had anticipated the adoption of brick as the key construction material. Indeed, the cargo manifest of the transport Scarborough carries a reference to 5,000 bricks.
If you’re in Brisbane tomorrow and looking to be entertained with some spectacular speed blocklaying by talented Aussie twin brothers preparing to head off for the annual MCAA, US speed test, head out to our office at Brendale this Saturday! Tony Bishop is hosting for ABBTF and it should be a great day – for details of the address and to RSVP, check here.
Two Qld guys, twins Jack and Pat Sommerfeld, who together have been representing and winning Regional WorldSkills comps since 2013, have paired-up, Jack as the blocklayer and Pat as the tenderer (labourer) for the day.
Many young Australian’s will know by now if they were accepted into the University course of their choice based on their ATAR score.
Congratulations to the successful applicants, however, there is a silver lining to the perceived cloud covering the unsuccessful young people.
We have seen over many years that another door opens to create pathways to great careers for these people. An example is in construction and often the journey starts with an apprenticeship in bricklaying.
New Apprentice numbers in New South Wales have increased by 48% over the past 12 months. Apprentice commencements for the year to December 2015 were 327 compared with 221 for the year to December 2014.
The 48% increase in bricklaying apprenticeship starts is well ahead of the 15.7% increase for all construction trades and 20.7% increase for carpentry apprentices.
People take up bricklaying for different reasons. Research tells us that many young apprentices say the main reason is that they enjoy ‘working with their hands’. If you look a bit deeper into this, without getting too philosophical about it, I think there’s something about the enjoyment of ‘creating’ in bricks that delivers real satisfaction, akin to other crafts, which keeps people in this game all their lives.
A really interesting example of someone who had a mighty big job in politics but who sought enjoyment and pleasure in bricklaying was the British statesman Winston Churchill.