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.
In the light of ongoing challenges in meeting the bricklayer shortage in NSW, the industry joined together for discussions on the evening of Wednesday, September 23 at Rooty Hill RSL. The night was co-ordinated by ABBTF NSW, and manufacturers Adbri Masonry, Austral Masonry, Austral Bricks, Baines Masonry, Boral Bricks, Namoi Valley Bricks and PGH Bricks and Pavers. The three hour meeting was attended by 80 guests including builders, bricklaying contractors, Group Training Organisations and industry associations.
We hear often about the challenge and the wins in addressing the bricklayer skill shortage in Sydney, but valuable support from regional brick manufacturers such as Namoi Valley (NV) Bricks often goes unnoticed.
NV Bricks at Gunnedah is constantly on the lookout for young talented people to start an apprenticeship with local tradesmen and is a great advocate for ABBTF’s program to increase the number of bricklaying apprentices entering our trade.
The long awaited WA 2015 Regional WorldSkills Bricklaying competition results are in. Congratulations to the medal winners and all bricklaying apprentices (and recently qualified) who took the challenge and participated in our major apprenticeship competition.
Medallists in each of the three categories are …………
The WorldSkills International competition has been expanding at a rapid rate. Only five years ago the organisation set the target of having a minimum of 70 member countries by 2020. We are in 2015 and there are now 74 member countries so this is a great sign that the world is recognising the importance of skills development and excellence.
A Positive Attitude, Self-Reliance and the Bricklaying Certificate allowed Ricky Ellis to Overcome the Odds
Earlier this year I was very fortunate to meet Ricky Ellis, when notifying him of his win of Become-a-Bricklayer’s 10,000th ‘Like’ Facebook competition.
His is a really inspiring story about a brickie who had, and still has, the odds stacked against him. He’s got his own way of expressing his journey to his very successfully current life, making it sound easy! But I’ll let him tell the story. I found myself wondering, could I have achieved this if I was in his shoes, see what you think?
We all know the challenges of getting through a bricklaying apprenticeship in NSW, especially living in the most expensive city in the country namely Sydney.
The Award wage for apprentices is a national Award and trying to stretch apprenticeship pay in an expensive environment is particularly difficult despite the Incentives. First year out of school you need to get up in the morning earlier than you ever have and physically, you’re working much harder than you ever thought you would or could.
R&K Fuchshofer Bricklaying takes home the 2015 Horbury Hunt Residential Award for ‘Hello House’ for Bricklaying
I’m delighted to report that the winner of the prestigious Think Brick 2015, Horbury Hunt Residential Award went to the team of
• OOF! Architecture,
• Anthony Adams, Project Builder (of Complete Builder’s Insight) and
• Robert Fuchshofer, Bricklaying Contractor of R&K Fuchshofer Bricklaying Services.
The Award was for brickwork for the two bedroom Victorian-era home “Hello House”. Three of the four other finalists in the Residential Award were from Victoria and one was from NSW.
Months of preparation and planning ensured that once again Bricklaying was centre stage amongst the trades at the recent Regional WorldSkills and Skills West Expo, with 16 apprentices competing in the bricklaying competition and a further 5 bricklaying students competing in the new VETis category. With a total of 21 competitors it is by far the biggest group we have collectively catered for.
Showcasing our young men and women, the future leaders and champions of the industry is what it’s about.
How to Build the Impossible”, that was the theme for Austral’s Melbourne Design Studio event last Tuesday 13th August. We were there to learn more about how the Dr Chau Chak Wing (UTS) Building at the University of Technology, Sydney, was constructed.
Cathy Inglis, Austral Brick Group Technical Research & Engineering Manager gave an in depth understanding of this amazing building from its conception to its completion in November 2014.