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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    Sam Spong Wins NZ Gold

    From April 13 to 17 the inaugural WorldSkills Oceania Competition was run in Hamilton, New Zealand and Australian Bricklaying champion Sam Spong from NSW competed as part of the Australian Team. The event was run exactly like an International WorldSkills competition so that competitors could gauge their progress in readiness for the main event in Brazil in August this year.

    Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were on offer and the projects were very similar to the Brazil projects with adjustments for the different NZ brick size. It was a great test and all competitors had to really extend themselves, especially in the latter stages of the competition.

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    Regional Bricklayers Get More Apprentice Support

    Bricklayers working in regional areas of Australia may not be aware of the additional Federal Government funding to support the employment of a new apprentice – Rural & Regional Skills Shortage Incentive.

    There is an additional $1,000 available to employers outside the metro areas of capital cities for signing on a new apprentice. This makes the Federal Government support up to $5,000 over the term of the apprenticeship.

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    Troy Everett Recognised as Apprenticeships Ambassador

    Australian Apprenticeships, the Federal Government Agency which manages apprenticeships in its Centres across the States and Territories, has recently recognised Troy Everett as an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador. The appointment is in recognition of his excellent work in promoting the skilled trade of bricklaying in Australia and around the world.

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    Meet Our Very Experienced Queensland Field Rep

    Our Queensland Field Representative, Brian Munns, has been a bricklayer for 25 years, starting in the United Kingdom and migrating to Australia in 2006.

    Brian had a successful bricklaying business as a host employer in both the UK and here in Queensland, taking on a number of apprentices before making the move into the training industry.

    Brian brings a wealth of experience to ABBTF – a bricklayer who has worked overseas, an employer of apprentices and a qualified trainer.

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    More Profoundly Astonishing Brickwork from the Ukraine

    These churches had so much energy put into them – from the design alone, the height for the bell tower, the materials. They first had to build a brickworks to make around five million bricks. The unique design incorporates so many pillars in the Neo-Byzantine effect.

    These churches had so much energy put into them – from the design alone, the height for the bell tower, the materials. They first had to build a brickworks to make around five million bricks. The unique design incorporates so many pillars in the Neo-Byzantine effect.

    These churches had so much energy put into them – from the design alone, the height for the bell tower, the materials. They first had to build a brickworks to make around five million bricks. The unique design incorporates so many pillars in the Neo-Byzantine effect.

    These churches had so much energy put into them – from the design alone, the height for the bell tower, the materials. They first had to build a brickworks to make around five million bricks. The unique design incorporates so many pillars in the Neo-Byzantine effect.

    These churches had so much energy put into them – from the design alone, the height for the bell tower, the materials. They first had to build a brickworks to make around five million bricks. The unique design incorporates so many pillars in the Neo-Byzantine effect.

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    WorldSkills Bricklaying Champion Sam Spong, Trains with the Danes

    While most other people were celebrating the incoming New Year, Sam Spong was on a plane on his way to Denmark to train in a bricklaying school there and compete as a guest at that country’s national competition. Sam is Australia’s current WorldSkills Bricklaying champion, having won the National apprenticeship title last year. Sam, from New Berrima, NSW qualified as a Bricklayer last year.

    Despite the many differences in our industries, Australia and Denmark have a great rapport and Denmark has built a strong reputation on the back of consistent medals in three of the last four WorldSkills International competitions.

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    The Facts on the Bricklayer Shortage and Pay Rates

    I need to correct a report on bricklayer earnings that was recently published in the Sydney Daily Telegraph and then syndicated across other press outlets in other States.

    ABBTF can confirm that bricklayers do not earn $6,000 over four days, as was reported, for the reason that a bricklayer cannot physically lay 1,500 a day!

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    The Crime of No, or Delaying Trowel Time

    If you have an apprentice bricklayer in your team, we say you’ve got someone pretty special and we want to see him complete his time and become a highly skilled, qualified tradesman.

    You don’t need a Diploma in Human Resources to know that it is damn hard at the moment to attract young people into an apprenticeship in our colourful trade of bricklaying but we’re not alone. Motor trades, hairdressing and butchery trades, for example, have their own challenges. I believe a key reason is the breadth of choices on offer to today’s school leavers – it’s immense! It seems there’s a new training organisation opening every day offering kids a bright imaginable future if they just give them their time and lots of money – even if there’s really no job at the end!

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    James Eyre – The Face of the ABBTF Summer Campaigns

    ABBTF bricklaying promotional campaigns over the summer have featured James Eyre, a fresh-faced South Australian apprentice. The photo of James preparing to construct a brick arch using a template has captured a lot of attention from many young people around the country.

    We know that behind those cheeky good looks is a talented, hardworking apprentice who is loving the outdoors and being part of a team constructing great brick work. James’ friendly face and love of the trade has drawn many young people to our promotion to consider a career in construction via bricklaying.

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Interested in trying Bricklaying? Then please contact us on 1300 30 44 77