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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    The Team that Supports and Understands

    The team at ABBTF prides itself on being able to connect, understand and empathise with the bricklaying trade and its apprentices. For the office staff, the role is far more than just registering and processing subsidy claims.

    Over time, valuable relationships have been built between staff and bricklayers and apprentices. More and more bricklayers and apprentices are calling the ABBTF team for advice and support which is readily given.

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    New Trade Support Loans repayment rules when apprentice moves overseas

    New rules for the repayment of Trade Support Loan (TSL) debt, as offered by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training to all apprentices, are now in force.

    Until now, bricklaying and other apprentices who took out a loan and moved overseas did not have to repay their debt as long as they remained offshore. Key changes now make it fairer for all.

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    20+ Year Record Growth in Bricklaying Apprentices in Training in NSW

    Some very good news – the latest bricklaying apprentice numbers in New South Wales have hit a 12 year high in total numbers of apprentices in training and our estimates to date for 2016 suggest continued growth in annual commencements.

    In the year to December 2015 apprentice commencements were 327 compared with 221 for the year to December 2014, a 48% increase.

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    Bricklaying is what happened while Sam was making other plans

    Learning about Sam Worthington’s progress from bricklayer to movie star for this blog, made me reflect on those John Lennon lines, ‘Life is what happens while you’re making other plans’. What took Sam, who was probably always destined for acting, from bricklaying and other construction roles, along a very tenuous, high risk path in pursuit of fame? I think I could take a pretty good stab at how bricklaying became a formative part of his journey.

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    Let’s share our passion!

    Interesting article from Mike Sutter Chairman of the Masonry Contractors Association of America (MCAA).

    After just returning from Las Vegas and the World of Concrete/World of Masonry, I can tell you I am re-energized. How could I not be after all the productive meetings, social events, and of course MASONRY MADNESS on Wednesday — from the Apprentice Skills contest to the MCAA Fastest Trowel on the Block, and finally the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500?

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    Show your pride in bricklaying– it’s your turn to shine

    ABBTF Qld is aware of so many great stories about employers and apprentices in brick and blocklaying. So now, we’re asking you to nominate contenders for this year’s award. Let’s tell the rest of the State what we know: We have some amazing employers and apprentices in brick and blocklaying!

    The Queensland Training Awards is the biggest and longest running training sector awards program in the State. The Queensland Training Awards provide individuals and organisations with a unique opportunity to showcase their achievements, best practice and innovation in training.

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    Major changes to TAFE WA Structure

    There have been rumours for some time regarding proposed changes to the make-up and structure of TAFE Colleges in Western Australia.

    Earlier this week DTWD announced “Changes to TAFE in WA” through their VETinfo newsletter which can be summarised as follows:

    From April 11, the existing 11 TAFE colleges and associated campuses will be managed by a reduced, streamlined structure of only five TAFE colleges.

    These changes are part of the State Government’s Training Sector Reform Project, launched in October 2015 to examine the function and structure of WA’s public training sector. The project stems from an Independent review in 2013-2014 (titled Seare’s Review).

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    Origins of Bricklaying Apprenticeship Training in WA “Truth, Beauty and Utility”

    It is an ongoing task of this office to promote the virtues and benefits of bricklaying apprenticeship training to prospective newcomers and the industry at large.

    However we have rarely examined or reflected on the history of apprenticeship training in WA and how it became the adopted system for training future bricklaying trades.

    In order to appreciate the growth of the apprenticeship system, one must visualise the situation in colonial Western Australia over 165 years ago.

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    Need Funding Support to Grow your Bricklaying Business?

    Ask any tradesperson what the worst aspect of their job is and chances are its paperwork and not knowing how to use a computer.

    The Industry Skills Fund is a Commonwealth Government initiative that assists business to invest in training and support services and to develop innovative training solutions. It is designed to assist companies that have identified a business growth and/or diversification opportunity, but need to upskill staff to achieve it.

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