20+ Year Record Growth in Bricklaying Apprentices in Training in NSW

Granville Tafe Group Shot wth Caption April 2016Some very good news – the latest bricklaying apprentice numbers in New South Wales have hit a 20+ year high in total numbers of apprentices in training and our estimates to date for 2016 suggest continued growth in annual commencements.

In the year to December 2015 apprentice commencements were 327 compared with 221 for the year to December 2014, a 48% increase. The graph below shows annual apprentice commencements and all apprentices in training (all levels) in the same year. 2016 commencement data is not shown on the graph due to current data being limited to March end.

However, it is clear that the good results are continuing with a very positive 22% increase in commencements (or 121 starters) was achieved in the 12 months to March 2016, compared with the prior 12 months ending March 2015, with 99 starters.

2016 NSW Bricklaying Apprentice Activity Graph

Source: NSW Industry Training Advisory Body,
Construction and Select Property Services ITAB

The results demonstrate the value of ABBTF programs and the consistent and dedicated effort that has been applied in recruiting more quality apprentices for the trade. It also indicates that our message is getting out there and more young people are seeing the benefits of starting a construction career as a qualified bricklayer. Bricklaying Opens Doors. This work is crucial at a time of increased demand for bricklayers in our State.

Our aim is to build awareness for the opportunities that exist in bricklaying. In particular, this includes recruitment activities which are very successful in attracting new apprentices for ABBTF across the country:

  • Career Expos, both metropolitan and regional,
  • Step Out Programs at local and regional high schools
  • Work Ready course for school leavers and job seekers every two weeks
  • Industry event and high school interaction
  • This information based recruitment website, newsletters and blogs. .

Other strong marketing programs such as our association with WorldSkills Australia, working closely with the MCA, especially promoting Regional events, Facebook and other social media is pitched at the wider youth and construction community.

The industry still needs many more quality applicants to undertake the Bricklaying Apprenticeship. Read about the opportunities and good wages. If you, or someone you know, is keen to start a career in construction have them contact ABBTF on 1300 66 44 96, mailto:abbtf.nsw@abbtf.com.au, use our Contact Us Form, or visit https://www.becomeabricklayer.com.au to learn all about it.


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