Strong Surge in NSW Bricklaying Apprentices
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Main Pic - Apprentice's with captionNew Apprentice numbers in New South Wales have increased by 48% over the past 12 months. Apprentice commencements for the year to December 2015 were 327 compared with 221 for the year to December 2014.

The 48% increase in bricklaying apprenticeship starts is well ahead of the 15.7% increase for all construction trades and 20.7% increase for carpentry apprentices.

These are the latest figures from the NSW Industry Training Advisory Body, Construction and Select Property Services ITAB.

 

 

The results demonstrate the value of ABBTF programs and the consistent and dedicated effort that has been applied in recruiting more quality apprentices for the trade. It also indicates that our message is getting out there and more young people are seeing the benefits of starting a construction career as a qualified bricklayer. Bricklaying Opens Doors This work is crucial at a time of increased demand for bricklayers in our State.

Strong marketing programs such as our association with WorldSkills Australia, especially promoting Regional events, this Become-Bricklayer website, Facebook and other social media is pitched at the wider youth and construction community.   Our aim is to build awareness for the opportunities that exist in bricklaying. In particular, recruitment activities which are very successful in attracting new apprentices for ABBTF across the country are:

  • Career Expos, both metropolitan and regional,
  • Step Out Programs at local and regional high schools
  • Work Ready course for school leavers and job seekers.

The industry still needs many more quality applicants to undertake the Bricklaying Apprenticeship. Read about the opportunities and good wages. If you, or someone you know, is keen to start a career in construction have them contact ABBTF on 1300 66 44 96, email abbtf.nsw@abbtf.com.au, use our Contact Us Form, or visit www.becomeabricklayer.com.au to learn all about it.

 

Brendan Coyle
ABBTF NSW Manager

 

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