At ABBTF we have found through experience that the most effective promotion of the bricklaying trade apprenticeship is to give a young person a trowel to try-out bricklaying for themselves. As a result, over recent weeks across the country there have been a large number of young people getting a taste of bricklaying.
For example, at Coffs Harbour TAFE in NSW, this week 27 secondary students are participating in a Step Out Program for one week. A Work Ready Program is starting at Granville TAFE on Monday with 15 school students and job seekers enrolled. The plan is to run a program each week in NSW to fill ongoing apprenticeship vacancies.
In the ACT last week, ABBTF ran a Step Out Program for 11 students.
In Victoria last week more than 66 students at Thomastown Secondary College were laying bricks in a Try-a-Trade at the school. Next week ABBTF is running a Work Ready Program at Melbourne Polytechnic at Heidelberg with a likely enrolment of 10.
This week in Rockhampton Qld, 21 students are involved in a Try-a-Trade program. ABBTF has also been busy in South East Queensland with 26 young people in a number of Work Ready Programs over the past few weeks.
Participation in WA is also strong where ABBTF is conducting a Step Out Program for 14 students at Lynwood Senior High School. The recent downturn there means we are in many cases preparing young people for future jobs rather than current jobs, which are fewer than were available in recent years.
A quick count shows that 190 young people have had a trowel in their hand over just the last few weeks due to the ongoing drive by ABBTF to increase apprenticeship numbers across Australia. Some examples of the Work Ready and other training experiences are here at Vic NSW Qld WA
Some young people will love it, others will realise it’s not for them, but they will all appreciate the high level of skill required to be a bricklayer. ABBTF has many jobs to fill at present and a number of these program participants will take their first step in a rewarding career as a result of the trials.
Students and job seekers interested in trying out for a bricklaying apprenticeship should phone 1300 66 44 96, speak with their State Office, or complete the Contact Us Form for an equally quick response.
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