Are you thinking about the next step in your career and like working outside, with your hands and alongside colleagues that will come to be your mates? If this sounds like you, an Australian Apprenticeship as Brick Layer or Block Layer might be the perfect step for your career.
What is a Brick and Block Layer?
The bricklaying sector is about the construction and repair of veneer and full brick construction, partitions, arches and other structures using clay bricks, concrete blocks and other types of building materials in mortar.
Bricklayers work outdoors and may have to work at heights or in tunnels and shafts. They usually work in teams and may be employed by bricklaying subcontractors or building and construction companies.
As a Blocklayer, you lay building blocks, bricks and pre-cut stone in mortar to construct and repair walls, foundations, partitions, arches and other structures.
To become a bricklayer or blocklayer, you would need to complete a Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying (CPC30111) whilst undertaking a 3-4-year apprenticeship (depending on the state you undertake your apprenticeship in). To find out more about the training itself, find a brief summary of the training here.
What can you expect to be doing as a Bricklayer or Blocklayer apprentice?
- Carry out setting out
- Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry
- Plan and organise work
- Conduct workplace communication
- Carry out measurements and calculations
- Read and interpret plans and specifications
- Apply basic levelling procedures
- Erect and dismantle restricted height scaffolding
- Carry out basic demolition
- Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry
- Handle and prepare bricklaying and blocklaying materials
- Use bricklaying and blocklaying tools and equipment
- Carry out masonry veneer construction
- Carry out cavity brick construction
- Construct masonry steps and stairs
- Lay masonry walls and corners
- Lay multi-thickness walls and piers
- Install flashings and damp proof course
- Construct masonry arches
- Construct curved walls
- Install fire-rated masonry construction
- Lay paving
- Install glass blockwork
- Install aerated autoclaved concrete products
- Construct masonry structural systems
- Construct decorative brickwork
- Operate elevated work platforms
How do I find a job as a Bricklayer or Blocklayer?
If you are wondering how to start an apprenticeship, the first step is to find an employer who will have an open position for you. There are many different ways to find an apprenticeship, starting from job search sites online to door-knocking, or via Group Training Organisations. To get started, have a look at these job search sites and look for any open positions that may be advertised.
How can I learn more about this industry?
It is also a good idea to network with others in the industry and connect with employers. You can join the Active Apprentices Facebook group and reach out to other apprentices to find out what to expect.
Have a listen to Tony Bishop, General Manager of Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation as he shares his experience in the industry.