Bricklaying Apprenticeship


Consider what you enjoy and take a good look at the trades

Smiling tradesman gesturing OK

On March 7, there was a valuable news contribution by journalist for The Australian, Andrew Wallace, on the importance of reaching young people with the message that the Trades are a great career choice for the right person. Unfortunately the trades are often dismissed outright in the clamor to get a university place. I’m sharing some of the highlights of Andrew’s article here as it aligns so well to ABBTF’s careers message and just maybe, by shining a light on the topic in this blog I’ll convince you to take another look at our great trade.

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HIA Calls for Skills Promotion as Construction Industry Career Choice

David Bare HIA

HIA’s NSW Executive Director, David Bare, recently called for greater effort in promoting and developing career choices in the trades to grow the future construction skill base. In the NSW e-NEWS, Mr Bare said “The focus is too heavily weighted toward gaining a professional qualification at university with few job opportunities at the end of it. If the Government of NSW is serious about maintaining housing supply as the key weapon to fight affordability, it must also acknowledge that developing the workforce to support it is crucial.

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Please do not apply if you oversleep…

Sleeping on the job

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.

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Finding Your Career Pathway Just Became a Bit Easier

Australian Apprenticeship Pathways has developed a helpful quiz called Career Interest Explorer to help students starting out on the journey of selecting a career path.

It’s really simple, it’s private (no names required), it takes about 5 minutes and can be redone if you want. It all happens by choosing a point along a scale for the various questions!

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What do these students have in common with Bronson Harrison?

They are all involved in bricklayer training. Bronson, a St George Illawarra Dragon and Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador, employs two apprentice bricklayers together with his bricklayer brother Cheyne in their construction business.

It’s great to hear of a top sportsman with a plan for life beyond NRL and one prepared to share it with others. Bronson was previously also an Apprentice Mentor in the NRL’s Trade UP program.

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Sir Joseph Totterdell: Remarkable Australian Bricklayer who Transformed the Brick Building Industry in WA

This is the very remarkable story of a clever and industrious man who foresaw the needs of the building industry in Western Australia and took action to make it happen.

Son of a Bricklayer and Brickmaker, Joseph Totterdell (1885-1959) immigrated to Australia from England in 1903. Before doing so he completed a five year Bricklaying apprenticeship where he was indentured to his father from the very young age of thirteen.

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