Apprentices – Bricklaying, Your Future Freedom!
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.
A number of young bricklaying apprentices started out thinking they wanted to be carpenters.
We are hearing that views about carpentry and bricklaying are changing when people learn more about what’s involved in each trade. Increasingly, we’re seeing young people choose bricklaying over carpentry, due to opportunities, work effort and financial issues.
ABBTF WA is receiving good feedback on the quality of apprentices coming from the one week short course in bricklaying.
Paul Gannon from the HIA was full of praise for the ABBTF short course. Paul said, “The only bricklaying apprentices that I have put on have come from the short course not the pre-apps and the quality of the kids has been really good, which is probably down to the selection process of you guys at ABBTF”. A number of other employers have also said how good the course has been.
ABBTF WA currently has 80 bricklaying apprenticeship vacancies to fill and is looking for quality young people to start an apprenticeship now. So it was good to see plenty of political interest in bricklaying at the recent WorldSkills Australia and Careers Expo in Perth as we aim to get our message out far and wide.
We captured WA Minister for Education Dr Kim Haynes, MLA when he tried his hand at bricklaying at the ABBTF Try-a-Trade stand at the Perth Convention Centre. The Minister was ably assisted by Andrew Riddiough, an apprentice with APG (part of the ABN Group) who assisted on the stand.
He’s a Queenslander, a Gympie bricklayer, an amazing employer of many determined apprentices and a fantastic hand. Thanks Andrew Hosking! Affectionately known as the “Minister for Mud”, Andrew Hosking recently gave up a week of his own busy workload to head to Perth and lend a hand with the National WorldSkills Bricklaying competition.
Mixing mud and making 27 to 30 batches a day to keep up with 14 keen bricklaying competitors was a competition in itself! Andrew’s energy and enthusiasm at our most important national event was appreciated by organisers and competitors alike.
‘Salt of the Earth’ Support from Bricklaying Industry at WorldSkills WA Made for a Great National Event
The Bricklaying WorldSkills Perth 2014 competition has come and gone in the blink of an eye! It was a wonderful exposé for Perth, WorldSkills and the greater bricklaying training industry in Western Australia.
Many people from other states and industries during the event, commented on just how organised and successful this particularly competition was. Truth be known it was due to the collective effort of a few good men and women from industry, WorldSkills and Government which made it come together to support the 14 regional competitors.
Bricklaying’s 2014 WorldSkills national competition in Perth saw Sam Spong from New Berrima NSW win the Gold Medal in Bricklaying. Matthew Cheso from Murray Bridge SA won the Silver Medal and the Bronze Medal went to Nicholas Coci from Carabooda WA. Well done to you all.
Sam deserves enormous credit for his courageous win against a high quality field, each young person aspiring to excel at building what was a complex brick and block project in just 18 hours. The standard of bricklaying from the fourteen competitors was the highest for many years!
Employers applying for approval as Sponsors of 457 Visa Bricklaying workers entering Australia must meet the requirements of the Training Benchmarks set by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
Employers as Sponsors need to demonstrate that they have made a contribution to training each year. This may include a contribution of at least 2% of payroll to an Industry Training Fund if current training expenditure on employees is less than 1% of payroll. This pre-requisite is seen as a contribution to national training in lieu of training existing employees.
An article in the Australian Financial Review in August on apprentice numbers being at a 10 year low has sparked a great interest in the bricklaying skill shortage through a number of radio stations.
ABBTF currently has 200 apprenticeship vacancies which we are finding difficult to fill. This is a surprising number considering that youth unemployment is at the highest level since 1997!
In the international bricklaying competition in Leipzig Germany last year a new standard in quality and accuracy of brickwork was set. This was despite assigned Projects the projects becoming more complex and tougher to complete in the allotted 22 hour timeframe. The winning project (from the UK) gained a score of 89.4% which is by far the highest winning score in any former international events.
The main reason behind the outstanding work and scores is that countries are investing more resources to support the mastery of the skills required to do well in WorldSkills competitions. Countries are utilising their involvement to not only do well in the competition but also raise the standard of skills in their respective countries. It’s quite exciting.