The bricklaying workforce is increasing and getting younger, as shown on the Graph here. The previous Census in 2011 showed that bricklayers up to the age of 30 had grown by 1,904 or 27.7% in the past five years and 2,871 or 48.7% in the past 10 years.
This is good news for the industry as a growing number of skilled tradesmen are needed to respond to the current high level of building and construction activity on the Eastern Seaboard.
This younger cohort of bricklayers aged 16–30 years now represents 35% of the total brick and blocklaying workforce. For a graphical representation of the number of bricklayers in all age groups over the last three Censuses, Click Here.
In the five years to 2011, 3,200 apprentices completed their bricklaying training and were a major part of the growth of young bricklayers during this period.
ABBTF has played a significant role in the increase in young, skilled bricklayers by supporting the employment and training of apprentices through its programs aimed at addressing the skill shortage.
The 2016 Census, being collected in the last week, is likely to continue to show this growth as apprentice numbers are now at a higher level of more than 2,600 and residential construction activity is at record levels. For the latest statistical Highlights from the Operations Report 2015-16 Click Here.