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Finding Your Career Pathway Just Became a Bit Easier

Australian Apprenticeship Pathways has developed a helpful quiz called Career Interest Explorer to help students starting out on the journey of selecting a career path.

It’s really simple, it’s private (no names required), it takes about 5 minutes and can be redone if you want. It all happens by choosing a point along a scale for the various questions!

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What do these students have in common with Bronson Harrison?

They are all involved in bricklayer training. Bronson, a St George Illawarra Dragon and Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador, employs two apprentice bricklayers together with his bricklayer brother Cheyne in their construction business.

It’s great to hear of a top sportsman with a plan for life beyond NRL and one prepared to share it with others. Bronson was previously also an Apprentice Mentor in the NRL’s Trade UP program.

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Female Thai Bricklayers Excel in Aussie Embassy Build

Female bricklayers are playing a major role in the construction of the Australian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand where Aussie WorldSkills Australia success story Matt Cheso and two other South Australians are leading the build.

Bouygues Th-VSL Australia, the contractor for the project currently employs over 600 construction workers, with almost half the workforce being women. Rather than simply being involved in lighter tasks, women are firmly embedded in the construction process, from steel fixing, scaffold assembly, concreting and form working.

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What do Cannington, Duncraig and Perth have in common?

Career Expos which feature bricklaying’s highly regarded “Try a Trade” hands on experience are coming to town at schools in Cannington and Duncraig and to the Perth Convention Centre over the next while. These are opportunities not to be missed. Ongoing feedback tells us we have the best exhibition on offer to learn and try out a trade with the prospect of undertaking a Bricklaying Apprenticeship.

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First impressions really DO count …

In a recent article in the UK Daily Mail on employers making decisions about job applicants, this headline reinforced a vital but often overlooked aspect of how to succeed. According to the article, interviewers on average, take just 385 seconds to decide if the candidate is right for the role!

ABBTF finds, when evaluating Bricklaying Apprenticeship applications, in some cases it can be even quicker. Something as simple as a bad email address that might be rude or have an offensive connotation to it can have a candidate dismissed before their CV/Resume is even read, let alone being considered for attending an interview.

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From Brickies Apprentice to Chief of the Defence Force

Getting a foothold in the employment market is the first important step after schooling, whether you finish at secondary or tertiary level. And where you go beyond bricklaying is anyone’s guess – it’s all up to you. Take the stories behind some famous and greatly admired people for example, who either got their start in Bricklaying or used the trade to help ground and to gain a useful trade to fall back on, while they took a risk and shot to stardom.

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Bricklaying is what happened while Sam was making other plans

Learning about Sam Worthington’s progress from bricklayer to movie star for this blog, made me reflect on those John Lennon lines, ‘Life is what happens while you’re making other plans’. What took Sam, who was probably always destined for acting, from bricklaying and other construction roles, along a very tenuous, high risk path in pursuit of fame? I think I could take a pretty good stab at how bricklaying became a formative part of his journey.

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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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So You Think a Bricklaying Apprenticeship is Hard Work?

We all know the challenges of getting through a bricklaying apprenticeship in NSW, especially living in the most expensive city in the country namely Sydney.

The Award wage for apprentices is a national Award and trying to stretch apprenticeship pay in an expensive environment is particularly difficult despite the Incentives. First year out of school you need to get up in the morning earlier than you ever have and physically, you’re working much harder than you ever thought you would or could.

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