WA’s Double Clay Brick Tradition is a Powerful Foundation

It’s often said in the bricklaying industry that an apprenticeship in bricklaying provides a ‘powerful foundation’ for further developing a career in building and construction in Australia. This was never as true as in Western Australia with our tradition of using double clay brick.

The bricklayer here has the responsibility of ensuring that the building is strong enough to support the whole structure – which is critically important for all trades that follow working at the site.


We all want a good boss – But what makes a great Bricklaying Boss?

When you first start work, one of the best things that can happen is to find you have a really great boss.

Now sometimes, there’s little chance to evaluate who you’ll be working for, but with a bricklaying apprenticeship, you might be able to get useful background through a few direct questions to your possible employer, plus, some subtle enquiries to others.


Talent on Show at Golden Trowel Competition

I had a chance to see some top quality blocklaying at Newcastle last month.

Twelve teams comprising two apprentices and their teacher from around the country battled it out to compete for the national Golden Trowel Award.


Stick at your Apprenticeship, remaining unqualified puts a lot at risk!

One of the toughest challenges for young apprentices is when they see unqualified labourers on job sites being paid more than apprentices. This is because the lower wages paid to an apprentice are supposed to compensate for the cost of their training and education.

When times are good, it becomes even more frustrating for apprentices as many unqualified workers enter the market.


Good, you want to know what to expect in bricklaying?

We’re a trades training organisation that is constantly being asked about the best way to find out about becoming a bricklayer and we believe we have the answer.

We always recommend a 10-12 week pre-apprenticeship course. It gives you a great idea as to what to expect in the trade.


There’s a lot to like about bricklaying, say Apprentices at Skills Tech

I visited Queensland’s new ‘state-of-the-art’ SkillsTech Trade Training Centre recently at Arcadia Ridge in Brisbane with Tony Bishop, ABBTF’s Queensland State Manager.

Tony took the opportunity to show the Become a Bricklayer DVD to a group of Stage 2 apprentices who were in for their bricklayer training. The apprentices said the DVD was spot on and they could see themselves being part of the industry and feeling pretty good about becoming a bricklayer.


There’s a world of skill in Tassie’s bricklaying Barratts

Had a call from Debbie Barratt in Hobart this week. She’s justifiably proud of her sons’ Luke and Matt and the apprentices working for their family bricklaying company, who were competing in the Tasmanian Regional World Skills.

Bricklaying Competition. The Barratt boys and apprentices made up seven out of the eight competitors!


Bulging biceps, sweaty shirts and bronzed bodies on show in Perth

It was all there at the Skills West Expo August 19 to 20, as bricklaying apprentices from around the state battled it out in the regional bricklaying World Skills competition at the Perth Convention Centre.

Some 20,000 people visited the expo to see WA’s best of the best fight it out in this prestigious international competition.


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