Construction activity in South Australia has improved over the past year and bricklayer shortages are emerging in the industry. From 2012 to 2014 an additional 1,600 residential dwellings were commenced, an increase of almost 18% over two years. This change has led to a demand for new apprentices. In 2014, 65 new apprentices were signed on which is 44% ahead of 2013 and more than double the 2012 starts. A further 23 apprentices have started in the March 2015 quarter. Apprentices in training are the highest in two years.
Pre-entry courses delivered at TAFE SA and FCTA during 2014 have prepared young people to make them job-ready for an apprenticeship in bricklaying. The course also provides credit against the full Certificate III apprenticeship qualification. More courses are underway this year and prospective employers are closely watching the new candidates to recruit for their teams. TAFE SA has commenced a second 10 week course which runs from April to June.