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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    ABBTF Sun Smart Alert to Bricklayers

    With a forecast for an extremely hot and long summer, I’d like to remind bricklayers and apprentices of the need to cover up and use sunscreen while on the job, to protect you from skin cancer.

    Already we have experienced unseasonal very high temperatures during the month of November.

    I encourage all bricklayers to wear a hat, available from your ABBTF State Office if you wish, and to apply the new ABBTF 30+ sunscreen to avoid damage from the sun’s rays.

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    Tis the Season to be Training … ♪ ♫ ♪ ♫ ♪

    As the year draws to a close, there is no doubt that 2015 has seen some of the best building and construction figures in recent years in Queensland and all forecasters are predicting this level to be maintained for the next few years.

    ABBTF supports these forecasts and has been busy sourcing candidates for our Work Ready Programs (WRP). Our WRP’s are a great way for a candidate to gain knowledge on what it takes to be an apprentice in the Brick and Blocklaying industry. Similar Work Ready programs are held by ABBTF around Australia.

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    Quick! Have your say on the redesign of our Qualification.

    Have you ever looked at the Bricklaying/Blocklaying Apprenticeship Certificate III course and thought it needed changes? Well, here’s your opportunity to review the recommendations of the Construction and Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC) for the redrafting of our Apprenticeship qualification. You’ll have to hurry though, feedback closes this Wednesday November 18.

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    Saturday Bricklaying ‘Taster’ in Orange, an Outstanding Success

    Hi to all. I’m Brendan Coyle, your new NSW ABBTF State Manager and I’m looking forward to keeping you up-to-date on what’s happening around the State from now on. This is a great story because it’s about helping the industry connect with new potential bricklaying apprentices.

    Country West MCA (CWMCA) recently organised a day for the local youths of Orange and surrounding areas to come along and experience bricklaying for a day, first hand. The event achieved a great turn-out especially given it was a Saturday. It was held at Towac Park Raceway at Orange, a first class venue for bricklaying trials. 19 young guys attended and participated in the construction of both piers and walls and a constructive experience was had by all.

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    It’s Time to Begin Celebrating the Bricklayers

    I read an article out of the US this week bemoaning the fact that there’s a trade skills shortage due to the pressure put on young people in recent years to go to university after high school and train for a professional career, regardless of aptitude and interest. It sounded in many ways like a problem we have in Australia.

    Sure, we know that Australia’s current skills shortage is partly due to short term increases in building activity over the past 12 months – we’ve had national residential commencements increase by more than 41% over the past three years, which has put pressure on bricklayer supply

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    A Win at the Golden Trowel is a Massive Confidence Boost

    For the second time in three competitions Coffs Harbour has taken out the coveted Golden Trowel Award. What’s the secret guys? Is it Paul Venn, a three-time winner who was trainer of the 2011 Coffs team of talented bricklayers Dwayne Potter and Ian Cutmore? Or is it something in the air at Coffs Harbour?

    The team takes away the Golden Trowel trophy while TAFE Coffs Harbour again becomes the proud winner of the Challenge Shield.

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    You’ll learn on site from the experts …

    Learning from others is quite possibly the easiest way to begin picking up a new skill because someone who is already an expert has been there before you and learnt the hard way. An expert can teach you tips and tricks on how to make the job even better or how to simplify the process associated with the skill.

    Undertaking a brick and blocklaying apprenticeship and in the process learning from an expert, is without doubt the best way to gain and enhance skills. You’ll get this training onsite on a day-to-day basis with your employer and his experienced team while also attending trade school at specific times of the year during your apprenticeship.

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    Wollongong TAFE on Show for Golden Trowel Competition

    Illawarra TAFE at Wollongong hosted the CMAA Golden Trowel Competition on October 11 – 13. A highlight of the event was the decoration in the form of oversized towels and a huge concrete masonry block. This was a great promotion along with specially made sponsors banners and large photos of the beautiful Illawarra region.

    George Dragovic, Head Teacher Building and Construction was the creator of this great display setting the stage for the Golden Trowel Competition over the two days.

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    Sam Spong’s Journey from Bricklaying Apprentice to International Winner

    The last four years have been an exciting and rewarding period in the life of Sam Spong. From the time he first entered Regional WorldSkills in 2011 up to his 2015 WorldSkills International success bringing home Bronze for Australian bricklaying, he’s consistently applied his skills and training, practised hard and maintained a ‘will-to-win’, that’s paid off bigtime.

    When he earned the right to enter the National’s in 2012, Sam was 19 and in his third year of his apprenticeship with Job Harkness of J&S Harkness. Job was Australian WorldSkills National Champion 2001 and as such was very inspirational in helping Sam aim high. See WorldSkills International Honour Roll.

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