Why a Bricklaying Apprenticeship?
A Bricklaying Apprenticeship is an industry recognised trade qualification (Certificate III) that provides the basis of many building and construction career opportunities, for example further study for a Certificate IV in Building and Construction leads to becoming a qualified builder. It also provides a stepping stone into other roles such as an estimator or leading hand. This apprenticeship is a competency based course, meaning the faster the apprentice learns, the quicker the apprenticeship is completed.
Bricklaying apprentices are paid while they learn: they are provided with a solid foundation of skills and knowledge supported for the duration of their training, by a professional network including their employer, the training organisation and ABBTF. ABBTF maintains an ongoing relationship with the employer and apprentice and works with both if a cancellation is likely or has happened.
A bricklaying apprenticeship has the advantage of providing a competitive wage on a par with other construction industry apprenticeships. At the same time it delivers training both on and off site. By the third and fourth year (a fourth year applies in some States), a bricklaying apprentice wage is one of the best in the building and construction industry! Visit the Fair Work website for rates of pay and allowances, based on the various entry levels to an apprenticeship.
The apprenticeship can commence in several ways, at secondary school level as Vocational Education & Training (VET), following school years or by transferring from another apprenticeship, with appropriate allowances for prior training. (For further information see the section below, Skills/Training Process)