We’re always keen to explain to young people who seem suited to a bricklaying apprenticeship, that there are certain basic commitments you need to make to your employer if you aspire to complete an apprenticeship. Mind you, they’re just the same basics that apply for all new job seekers, the world over, but they’re critical to success. There are many ways to get the message across though, including some amusing ones which we’ll explain below.
Broadly speaking, ABBTF puts it this way – ‘Can you turn up on time, every day and are you prepared to listen, learn and be respectful?’ At interviews for the Work Ready program and on the Become-a-Bricklayer website, we spend quite a bit of time explaining the basics and we have flyers that help convey the essentials, both for Apprentices and from the Employer’s perspective on What to Expect and What is Expected of Me.
To achieve a good fit for bricklayer and new apprentice, we use our Blogs to get the message out there and specific website pages like Managing Expectations on the ABBTF website, for Employers, to help apprentice and employer get off to a good start.
However, we were very amused at the approach taken recently by what was clearly a very frustrated employer advertising for a Labourer/Hammerhand in New Zealand.
It read like this:
Needed in Ponsonby/St Marys Bay area, please do not apply if you oversleep, have court often, have to get ride to work later than our workday begins, have to hold on to cell phone whole day, or will become an expert at your job with no need to learn or take advice after the first day. Must be able to talk and work at the same time, must also remember to come back to work after lunch. Should not expect to receive gold stars for being on time. If you qualify, then phone (name and phone number withheld).
Victorian ABBTF Office