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.
When my son Charlie left school in December 2013 to become an apprentice landscaper I gave him my full support. Charlie had worked onsite with me occasionally when I was bricklaying, during school holidays to earn a little cash. He always remarked though, that he didn’t want to follow in my footsteps as a bricklayer. “I’m going to be a carpenter or landscaper where I can build with timber and use power tools” he said.
From past experiences we’ve learned how critical the training period between bricklaying’s WorldSkills Nationals and the International is. One key difference going into our next international will be the support of the newly created ABBTF “World Class Bricklaying Scholarship”. It will be integral in not only holding our high standing but improving on it. The added bonus is that it also filters through to the general industry and the training sector as they become involved in the development of our representative.
The Western Australia Government has announced increases to the landfill levy effective the January 1, 2015 as part of the 2014/2015 budget.
The current inert rate per tonne for the disposal of construction materials is $8 per tonne. As of the January 1, 2015 the new rate will rise significantly to $40 per tonne and then increase incrementally, through to $70 per tonne as of July 1, 2018. The rise brings the State roughly in line with Victorian and SA rates.
Individual trade apprentice pay rates under the Modern Award, across all States of Australia, came into line on 1 July 2014 with the transitional arrangement period now completed.
Employers and apprentices should check the current rates at the Fair Work Ombudsman site where a new, improved website tool “PayCheck Plus” provides access to pay rates for employers and apprentices across all trades.
The ACCC yesterday issued its Final Determination granting re-authorisation to the Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF) to continue to apply a levy with matched manufacturers’ contributions, to fund programs to address the bricklaying skill shortage.
Down through the ages, the passing on of trade skills in bricklaying has relied heavily on close-at-hand coaching from a master craftsman. No other trade has such a strong dependency on the relationship between trainer and apprentice, if a true craftsman is to be developed.
The recent Australian Government decision to reinstate bricklaying onto the Skilled Occupations List (SOL) from July 1, 2014 will enable international skilled bricklayers to apply for permanent visas to reside and work in Australia.
The decision recognises the growing skill shortage in bricklaying brought on by the increased level of construction activity, particularly in housing and the ongoing ageing of the bricklayer workforce.
Despite the continuing strong effort of the ABBTF to encourage bricklayers to take on apprentices and the ‘become a bricklayer’ promotions the industry still struggles to see sufficient young people attracted to the trade. Old attitudes still persist about the status of bricklaying despite the skills training, good rewards and mentoring available that provides for [...]