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The bricklaying sector consists of 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.

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Due to its inherent earthiness and textural appeal, brickwork has witnessed a rebirth as a building material, and it is chosen as a major decorative feature for both exteriors and interiors. When it comes to brick construction, the architectural possibilities and versatility are practically limitless. Bricks come in a variety of textures, colours, sizes, and shapes, allowing for almost endless creativity both inside and out.

A refractory bricklayer is a bricklayer who specialises in the construction, alteration, or repair of boilers, flues, furnaces, retorts, kilns, ovens, and ladles using pliable, castable, marble, moulding, and insulating materials, as well as refractory work associated with acid stills, acid furnaces, acid towers, and all other acid resisting brickwork.

Government and non-government clients are looking for bricklayers that can recreate original lime putty ribbon finishes and have heritage abilities in tuck pointing, repairs, restoration, and conservation of Australia's built heritage.

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In the building structure services sector, Victoria employs the most apprentices, followed by New South Wales and Queensland.

The non-residential building market has had a strong demand for bricklaying services with activity mainly confined to small-to-medium-scale commercial and institutional buildings such as shops and schools.

In some geographic areas there is a shortage of heritage skills so therefore incorporating technology and traditional methods into heritage projects necessitates 'sympathetic' restoration.

Top skills in demand are: communication skills, planning, detail oriented, organisational skills and Microsoft Office.

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