The Fair Work Commission has released its annual review of the Minimum National Wage with a flow-on to the pay rate for apprentices, effective from the first pay period in July 2017. The increase is 3.3% across the board for all Year levels of apprentice bricklayer and represents a lift in weekly rates by $22.20 on the minimum wage. This translates to a rise from $17.70 to $18.29 an hour or $694.90 a week at that level.
This pay rate increase for bricklaying apprentices should be an incentive for employers to take time out to review the training package you provide, to ensure that the apprentice(s) is receiving training that will help deliver a quality bricklaying team as fast as possible and for the future. High skill levels and a high productivity rate go a long way towards ensuring a profitable business.
It’s important that the apprentice spends time on the trowel in the first year to learn and improve the hand skills of laying bricks and blocks as well as learning labouring skills such as mixing a batch of mortar and loading up the job.
It takes a couple of weeks for Fair Work to release the full details but ABBTF will release a newsletter to employers and to apprentices carrying full details of the change, as soon as they are available. Both websites, ABBTF and Become-a-Bricklayer will carry the same updated information as soon as possible.