IMAGE SOURCE: The Voice Australia 2018 – Tim Karkowski (Blind Audition) Tim Karkowski, 24, from Albion Park, NSW, enjoys his work as a bricklayer. But who wouldn’t take a shot at fame with a voice and looks like his. After a long term interest in […]Read more >>
This is what recently qualified tradesmen are telling us about having completed their apprenticeship in Bricklaying and Blocklaying. These are their own words, not ours and they represent just a few of the great comments about their decision to choose bricklaying as their first or sole trade qualification.Read more >>
I read this recently in the UK Independent and I can’t resist passing on to bricklayers and apprentices some pointers on this very fine actor who was also, once, a bricklayer. As Rebecca Tyrrel of the Independent tells it, “Who would have known Whoopi Goldberg was once a bricklayer ? “Well, Whoopi explains it: “I needed the money and I needed to work. So I figured I would rather lay bricks than lay men for money.”Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
Training and managing a bricklaying apprentice on the job every day is not easy. The relationship between the employer and the apprentice is built through shared experiences involving trust and commitment.
A bricklayer gave me a tip recently on how to get the best out of the apprentice and build a good relationship.
The Fair Work Ombudsman has released new national pay rates for apprentices effective from 1 July 2015. The increase is 2.5% across the board for all Year levels.
Bricklayers should see this change as an opportunity to focus on training their apprentices on all facets of the trade as set out in the training package. The sooner the apprentice gains the necessary skills of bricklaying, the sooner the employer will benefit from improved productivity on the job.
Down through the ages, the passing on of trade skills in bricklaying has relied heavily on close-at-hand coaching from a master craftsman. No other trade has such a strong dependency on the relationship between trainer and apprentice, if a true craftsman is to be developed.Read more >>
Alan Ramsden completed his Bricklaying Apprenticeship in November 2013. The three years he spent as part of this journey was a great success – and an inspiration to young people who are considering an apprenticeship in bricklayingRead more >>