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.
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.
Aziz Muradi is a great example of grabbing opportunities in both hands in achieving a start in an apprenticeship in bricklaying in the ACT.
Aziz is a 19 year old refugee from Afghanistan who fled his war torn country in a boat in 2012. His experience in bricklaying started when he laid his first brick during an ABBTF Step Out Program.
We’re pumped! The National WorldSkills, all trades competition will be held soon in WA: September 18 – 20, with around 50 trades and skills groups gathered in Perth. The bricklaying comp will be a real test of skills and competence for the 17 talented young bricklayers from across Australia vying to be the nation’s best
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.