A Positive Attitude, Self-Reliance and the Bricklaying Certificate allowed Ricky Ellis to Overcome the Odds

Earlier this year I was very fortunate to meet Ricky Ellis, when notifying him of his win of Become-a-Bricklayer’s 10,000th ‘Like’ Facebook competition.

His is a really inspiring story about a brickie who had, and still has, the odds stacked against him. He’s got his own way of expressing his journey to his very successfully current life, making it sound easy! But I’ll let him tell the story. I found myself wondering, could I have achieved this if I was in his shoes, see what you think?

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How Far Would You Go For An Apprenticeship?

Back in late September 2014 ABBTF Queensland ran another successful bricklaying work ready course in the Toowoomba region for the local bricklayers seeking a suitable apprentice.

Before the program began we had an enquiry from a young guy living in Longreach. When I spoke with him regarding the location of the course and the area where the opportunities were he said “I’ll be there”.

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A Bricklaying Apprentice – I Didn’t See This Coming!

When my son Charlie left school in December 2013 to become an apprentice landscaper I gave him my full support. Charlie had worked onsite with me occasionally when I was bricklaying, during school holidays to earn a little cash. He always remarked though, that he didn’t want to follow in my footsteps as a bricklayer. “I’m going to be a carpenter or landscaper where I can build with timber and use power tools” he said.

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QLD Try-A-Trade Student Wins ABBTF’s 2013 Competition

The Try-A-Trade schools program run by ABBTF around the country was the trigger for Tre Lyell-Bevan entering and ultimately winning the 2013 “Shout Your Mates” national competition.
The ‘Become a Bricklayer’ comp, pitched to students, was a game of chance – so Tre’s was the first entry drawn, nationally winning him a mighty $1000 worth of Concert and Sports event gift vouchers of his choosing for 2014. The comp helps ABBTF promote the ‘Become a Bricklayer’ website to students.

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