Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

It's Boom Time for Bricklayers; Ipswich Brickie Shortage Offers New Career Opportunity

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

It's Boom Time for Bricklayers; Ipswich Brickie Shortage Offers New Career Opportunity

Article excerpt

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. …

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