Gun Trowel Speed Bricklaying Draws Crowd at WorldSkills

Part of the lead in to the National WorldSkills Bricklaying championship in Sydney on the weekend was the twenty minute “Gun Trowel” speed competition. All entrants to the bricklaying WorldSkills competition participated in the event. And what an event it was!   Standing room only, spectators were five deep around the perimeter of the competition area and […]


Successful SA Apprentice Jay Gerardis nominated for Apprentice of the Year

I spent this afternoon catching up with one of FCTA – Building Careers recently completed apprentices, Jay Gerardis.

Jay is 21 and has just finished his bricklaying apprenticeship and completing the training required to apply for his builders licence. In Jays words, the best reasons to become a bricklayer are ‘being able to work the hours you want, be outside, not stuck in an office’ That’s when Jay looks at me in front of my computer and adds in ‘no offence’.


Transition from Apprentice to Licensed Builder

Last week I had an apprentice in to discuss how to go about becoming a licensed builder. As a manager at FCTA, which is a Registered Training Organisation, I get questions like this a lot, because basically, it’s unnecessarily complicated to get information!

Each state handles the issuing of builders licences separately, with their own rules and regulations. As a result there are differences state by state, and no one website to visit. Instead each state has its own website and application procedure. In South Australia, it’s the Office of Consumer and Business Affairs.


Stick at your Apprenticeship, remaining unqualified puts a lot at risk!

One of the toughest challenges for young apprentices is when they see unqualified labourers on job sites being paid more than apprentices. This is because the lower wages paid to an apprentice are supposed to compensate for the cost of their training and education.

When times are good, it becomes even more frustrating for apprentices as many unqualified workers enter the market.


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