Bricklayer


“I am where I am because I believe in all possibilities”

Become a Bricklayer

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.”

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From Brickies Apprentice to Chief of the Defence Force

Become a Bricklayer

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.

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Bricklaying is what happened while Sam was making other plans

Become a Bricklayer

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.

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One Good Thing You Did Today …

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.

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Apprentice Pay Increase Emphasizes Need to Train

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.

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Get Set to Message Sam Spong – Cheer on Australia’s Bricklaying Champ at WorldSkills International

With the WorldSkills Interational competition only six weeks away, Australian champion Sam Spong’s final preparations for the Bricklaying competition are in full swing. Sam has made some great progress in terms of accuracy, timing and work presentation. The nature of the challenge is to produce extremely accurate, attractive work within an incredibly tight timeframe. For this reason every aspect is scientifically measured and compared during training in order to see how his skill level compares with the world standard.

The International, help in San Paulo Brazil, will be another experience of a lifetime for all involved and their families, employers, teachers and industries. ABBTF will keep us up-to-date on results at facebook.com/becomeabricklayer and you can send Sam a message through this Facebook.

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