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.
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!
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!
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.
Ray has won several building industry awards in recent years as well as the highly respected MBA/Midland Brick “Ric New Rising Star Award” back in 2009 and has also been nominated this year for the best new builder. Thanks for the sound advice Ray:
The “Become a Bricklayer” Facebook page passed the 10,000 Page Likes mark in January this year. This is a great milestone, reflecting strong interest from prospective new bricklaying apprentices and bricklayers alike. We continuously aim to update you on what’s new with pointers and weekly blog links from our website and the team at ABBTF.
We’ve banged on a bit about trowel time lately and how a poor apprentice will leave the excellent trade of bricklaying simply because his boss is not giving him time on a trowel. But is it always the boss’s fault?
If you want to get more trowel time at work, you’ll need to take the bull by the horn, so to speak.
The latest national unemployment rate of 6.4% is the highest for more than 12 years with some industries shedding jobs at a time when there are more school leavers entering the job market.
The growing unemployment rate is making people re-think their career choices and they are turning to trades in the construction industry as an alternative.
Bricklaying offers a great opportunity for immediate work and it comes with training to learn the skills of the trade.
With the increase in building activity and the forecast of further increase in Building and Construction, ABBTF is calling on Government to fund a greater number of pre-employment courses to meet the growing needs of a booming building industry and strong demand for bricklayers.
Post-GFC and during the massive downturn in activity, the Government quite rightly reduced funding to these courses due to a lower level of vacancies. However, now is the time to get on the front foot and address the growing need for apprentices to join the bricklaying trade. Not only bricklayers, but other trades like carpenters and plumbers are also saying it’s getting harder and harder to source quality tradesmen and as a result it’s delaying build times.
Following on from his strong placing at fourth in the 2014 National WorldSkills Australia finals in Perth, young Mackay bricklayer, Toby Tosh, has been selected as one of two competitors from the National finals to work on the construction of the new Australian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.
Also selected to work on this complex and exciting job, along with Toby, was Matthew Cheso from South Australia who finished second in the national event.