In recruiting young people to fill the many vacancies for apprenticeships in bricklaying, ABBTF finds some excellent candidates over the age of 21 years.
Many bricklayers look for younger apprentices as the adult pay rates appear to make an older person too costly. In reality this is not the case.
The cost of an adult apprentice can be covered more easily than you think due to the many benefits to an employer. I’ve tallied up 14 good reasons it makes good business sense to consider over 21’s for a bricklaying apprenticeship:
- Life skills gained from previous employment and life experiences
- Physically stronger individuals, better able to cope with the load and duration of a full days work
- Maturity makes them less susceptible to personal or emotional issues
- Stronger commitment to the job as it is chosen after better evaluation of other opportunities
- A younger person may see the job as a trial and not necessarily what he wants to do in the future
- Over 21 years, they’re more likely to have their own transport and current drivers licence
- Have been through their partying days and are more focused on the future
- Have a more stable and positive relationship with a partner which encourages maturity
- Need the job, they have bills to pay ie. rent, phone, mortgage, children
- Generally have fewer sick days and understand the need for punctuality and importance of completing the job
- Maturity means that an older apprentice may learn at a faster rate and therefore pay own way sooner
- You can leave them on the other side of the job knowing they will be working
- With competency based learning, an older apprentice may have less days needed for offsite training, and
- Apprentices starting over the age of 25 make the employer eligible for the Federal Government’s mature age support of $4,000 paid in one lump sum after the first year.
ABBTF – CEO