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.
Just thought I would take a few minutes to show you a sneak peak our new facility in WA.
Earlier this year, we were given our marching orders from the Welshpool Business Enterprise Centre (small business incubator). Not bad considering that it was only supposed to be for 3 years as from mid 2007.
On the evening of Friday the 17th July there was a gathering of past Australian bricklaying Champions who came together to share insights and advice with Sam Spong who will soon be following the same journey to the international stage, that each took in recent years.
Five of the above have already represented their country in Bricklaying in the world competition, with Sam, our current Champion about to do so.
I’m new in the ABBTF Victorian office and having a dad as a bricklayer, I’ve been invited, with his approval, to share part of his very successful life and work experience with readers. Dad, or Ted Breeuwer to you, is now a retired bricklayer but he’s responsible for quite a lot of brickwork on public and private buildings in Melbourne and even in regional Victoria. He’s got a few tips on how to be successful too.
My dad came to Australia in 1958 as a fitter and turner and mechanic, but he saw bigger opportunities in bricklaying. In 1965 he teamed up with his bricklaying brother-in-law Joe Schroen and with his ability to read drawings and being good with his hands, dad caught on very quickly. Within two months he was even building six units on his own on weekends!
We are seeing more evidence of clay bricks and concrete masonry being a feature of architecturally designed buildings. This is welcomed by the industry and provides an opportunity for talented contractors to put their skills on show. These outstanding brick and block projects prove that bricklaying is a highly skilled trade and that good contractors will continue to be in high demand for many years to come.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has released new national pay rates for apprentices effective from 1 July 2015. The increase is 2.5% across the board for all Year levels.
Bricklayers should see this change as an opportunity to focus on training their apprentices on all facets of the trade as set out in the training package. The sooner the apprentice gains the necessary skills of bricklaying, the sooner the employer will benefit from improved productivity on the job.
With the WorldSkills Interational competition only six weeks away, Australian champion Sam Spong’s final preparations for the Bricklaying competition are in full swing. Sam has made some great progress in terms of accuracy, timing and work presentation. The nature of the challenge is to produce extremely accurate, attractive work within an incredibly tight timeframe. For this reason every aspect is scientifically measured and compared during training in order to see how his skill level compares with the world standard.
The International, help in San Paulo Brazil, will be another experience of a lifetime for all involved and their families, employers, teachers and industries. ABBTF will keep us up-to-date on results at facebook.com/becomeabricklayer and you can send Sam a message through this Facebook.
There is no doubt whilst southern parts of Queensland are enjoying a building boom, our northern cousins in both Central and North Qld are feeling the flow-on effects of the business downturn in the mining and resource sector. But in true regional style the boys ‘looked on the bright side’, took the opportunity that the slowdown presented and put a big effort into Regional WorldSkills Australia.
Local teacher and WorldSkills Australia regional judge Peter Carr was pleased to once again, hold a regional final and put the best apprentices and young trades people from the area up for the challenge to represent their district at the 2016 national bricklaying finals.
Bags packed, tickets booked, I was off to Tasmania. But what to see? Looking through some brochures, I was drawn to a town rich in heritage, the colonial town of Richmond, a mere 25kms from Hobart, this was definitely going on the itinerary!
Richmond had plenty of things to see, including a historic prison, but the one thing that really caught my eye was its arched bridge sited near the old gaol and aptly named the Richmond Bridge. Built entirely by the hard labour of convicts, it also happens to be Australia’s oldest bridge and is still being used today.
It’s that time of the year, May and June not only see’s the end of autumn and the beginning of winter, it also heralds the start of a very busy period for the ABBTF Qld team. It’s known as Expo Season to us. Most people don’t know that ABBTF and our partners conduct expos displays from Weipa in the North West Cape, all the way down to Lismore in northern New South Wales.
This is a massive area to cover and where we can ABBTF aims to conduct a “Try-a-Trade” with bricks and mortar, giving you a hands-on taste of bricklaying. However, due to size of the various venues and the logistics this is not always possible.