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.
It’s that time of year again when bricklaying apprentices keen to challenge themselves, step up to the plate and get their entry in for the Regional WorldSkills Australia competition. Whether you’re in your first or last year of the apprenticeship, or anywhere in between, here’s your opportunity to test your skills for your own sake and against bricklaying apprentice competitors in the trade.
I visited Trystan Sammut onsite in Ballarat recently to see how preparations were going for the October International WorldSkills event, where he’ll be representing Australia in Bricklaying. Trystan works for Lawler Bricklaying of Ballarat and when we caught up he was working locally, at the Eureka Stadium, home of the VFL Roosters although he can be anywhere in the State, from his home base to Caulfield in Melbourne’s suburbs – where ever he’s needed. Stage one of the $15 million Eureka Stadium enlargement project includes a 5,000-seat grandstand, with the stadium capacity of around 11,000.
Congratulations go to ABBTF’s WA State Manager who was last week presented with the Community Junior Cricket Coach of the Year Award 2016-17 for the Greater Perth metro region. Dean Pearson was selected from a field of 7 nominations representing 30+ junior squads that make up the Community Junior Cricket Council competition. The junior teams play a mix of 54 overs and Twenty20 cricket and 11 of Dean’s squad of 14 also play District Cricket, so it’s fair to say they’re an enthusiastic lot – playing all weekend.
On March 7, there was a valuable news contribution by journalist for The Australian, Andrew Wallace, on the importance of reaching young people with the message that the Trades are a great career choice for the right person. Unfortunately the trades are often dismissed outright in the clamor to get a university place. I’m sharing some of the highlights of Andrew’s article here as it aligns so well to ABBTF’s careers message and just maybe, by shining a light on the topic in this blog I’ll convince you to take another look at our great trade.
HIA’s NSW Executive Director, David Bare, recently called for greater effort in promoting and developing career choices in the trades to grow the future construction skill base. In the NSW e-NEWS, Mr Bare said “The focus is too heavily weighted toward gaining a professional qualification at university with few job opportunities at the end of it. If the Government of NSW is serious about maintaining housing supply as the key weapon to fight affordability, it must also acknowledge that developing the workforce to support it is crucial.
On Friday March 3, young Bricklaying tradesman Adrian Clark joined the list of young Qld bricklayers taking on the world – this time, as a recipient of one of just three overseas training scholarships awarded by the Queensland Overseas Foundation (QOF) for 2017.
Jens-Peter Vestergaard is a great example of how hard work and commitment to the opportunities presented by WorldSkills, can take a young bricklaying apprentice anywhere.
Two years ago Jens-Peter won the Danish National Bricklaying competition in Copenhagen and went on to win Silver last year in the international competition in Sao Paulo, alongside Australian Sam Spong who brought home Bronze.
As we all know WA is currently experiencing a period of economic slowdown. As a result, some employers and hosts are not in a position to offer a 3 or 4 year apprenticeship term until the market changes. However, one option in WA, especially useful for Bricklaying, is to look at taking on a “Trainee” through a reputable Group Training Organisation (GTO) such as Skill Hire, which has embarked on enhancing this option in recent times.
The Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation in conjunction with WA’s leading Brick Manufacturers, are currently offering a Free 2 hour Bricklaying orientation course for Supervisors.
The Building Supervisors Course has been designed to help those that are responsible for the installation of brickwork, as to “Raise the Bar” and achieve the best possible result for their clients.