Try Before you ‘Buy’ | Ways to Do the Apprenticeship
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School Step-Out Programs | Career Day Try-a-Trade Events | Visit Become-a-Bricklayer
Like anything, you’ve got to try before you dive in, right? There are days held at many schools called Step-Out Programs – ask your teacher to arrange one with us (ABBTF). Also Career Expos or similar trade event displays answer your questions and provide a ‘hands-on’ Try-a-Trade experience at laying bricks. Visit Become-a-Bricklayer for a stack of information for you and your parents and contact your State ABBTF office – we’re waiting to hear from you.
There are two alternative ways to complete a Bricklaying Apprenticeship:
- Australian School Based Apprenticeships – In Year 11 and 12 you take bricklaying as a trade subject as part of your State’s completion requirements for Year 12. A TAFE or Registered Training Organisation (RTO) provides the technical training and an employer or host is identified for a required period of on-site training. If your school doesn’t offer apprenticeships, many students change schools to one that does for these two years.
- Bricklaying / Blocklaying Apprenticeship – You commence a full time apprenticeship with an employer from the end of Year 10.
Pre-Apprenticeship Training – This is an optional short course, usually three months, where you are introduced to bricklaying or a mix of related trades at a TAFE/RTO or GTO to help you make your career choice and to help make you ‘work-ready’. Assistance with finding the right apprenticing employer or host following the training is provided for you. The right ‘fit’ is important if you are to learn well, enjoy the work and also provide your employer with a productive team member who helps generate profit for the business. Locations of TAFE/RTO’s are at the website in the State pages.