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Taking on a bricklaying apprentice makes good business sense:

  • The cost of employing an apprentice is less than it would be to take on another employee
  • Hiring an apprentice gives you access to the $4,000 Federal Government subsidy
  • ABBTF provide up to an additional $3,000 of generous financial assistance for those who employ apprentice bricklayers.

ABBTF is the only trade body in Australia to provide financial support. Together with the Federal Government subsidy, there is total support of $7,000 for taking on a bricklaying apprentice.  In some States further subsidies are available through Industry Training Funds.

And don’t forget, once your apprentice has completed his apprenticeship – and becomes a fully qualified bricklayer, you’ll have a qualified tradesperson to work for you.  More skilled hands means less time to do the same work – or allows you, to take on more work (and revenue) for your business.

An apprentice is an investment in your business

With support from you, an apprentice is an investment – the more time you spend teaching and training him, the quicker he’ll repay you in the form of quality work.

By allowing an apprentice to follow in your shadow, you can mould him into a highly skilled bricklayer under your close guidance and supervision. As you raise the level of skill to that of your own, you’ll empower him to make a difference to your business – and to himself.

Check out what’s involved in Onsite Training.

More than double the benefits to your business – take on two apprentices

There’s nothing stopping you from taking on 2 (or more) apprentices.

RS165_Brickies-0510_S06-39-Cropped-lprYou’ll still receive the Federal Government grant and the ABBTF financial assistance for each bricklaying apprentice you take on (for example if you took on two apprentices you could receive $7,000 for each apprentice).

Plus you’d have all the advantages that come with hiring and mentoring an apprentice, but with double the benefit – in fact even more so.

That’s because there’s an enhanced efficiency created when you have two apprentices. You can rotate their jobs to break up any monotony – thereby allowing them to try something different from time to time while improving their learning curve.

You can also alternate their trade school days, so you always have one apprentice on hand to help you onsite – while the other is at college studying more about the trade.

Additionally, it provides a peer group connection for each apprentice – so they can bounce ideas off one another and share the learning experience together. This creates motivation and encouragement for the apprentices to stick with their bricklaying apprenticeship to the very end – which is great for you and great for them.