Third-year apprentice bricklayer Joel Musch works on a new house at Redbank Plains.
Third-year apprentice bricklayer Joel Musch works on a new house at Redbank Plains. Rob Williams

It's boom time for bricklayers

WHEN it comes to “glamour” jobs, bricklaying probably isn’t top of the list.

But the outdoor life, career prospects and rugged exercise do hold some appeal.

The shortage of bricklayers in the middle of an Ipswich building boom also makes these tradies very valuable.

Third-year apprentice Joel Musch likes working outdoors.

The possibility of being self-employed is also an attraction.

“As a bricklayer, you can work for yourself one day,” he said.

Apprenticeships Queensland (AQ) is giving young people a chance to take the first step as a bricklayer.

On January 17, a pre-vocational course will begin at The Bremer Institute of TAFE, Bundamba.

AQ marketing and recruitment consultant Anita Dwyer said the Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Fund (ABBTF) was supporting the course.

“Applicants will only need to contribute a small amount of money towards the cost of $100,” she said.

“ABBTF, as the industry body, have identified the need because of an ageing workforce, it is not the most popular trade and brickies do not encourage others to take up the trade.”

The foundation will also extend its $2000 BrickStart bonus to employers until March 31.

“The fact that the industry is offering substantial incentives to take on bricklaying apprentices – well above other trades – shows that industry believes there is a need,” Ms Dwyer said.

“To encourage bricklayers to take on an apprentice we need to have quality applicants and the pre-voc course provides the applicants with good entry-level skills.

“The course includes work experience, giving the employer a ‘try before you buy’ opportunity.

“We are encouraging school leavers to take up the opportunity, although we are not restricting the course to school leavers.

“The idea is, the kids on that course will end up with a job.”

For details about the course, call Mike Tierney-Williams on 0409 595 328.



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