NEWS: WA – August-2012

Industry Snapshot Highlights Imminent Construction Trade Shortfalls


There is an urgent need for all industry sectors to address the serious lack of apprentices – For every 100 Bricklayers in WA, there are just 5 Apprentices.


In June this year the Construction Training Council and the WA Government released an Industry Snapshot that reveals serious concerns in relation to projected core construction trade shortfalls, especially in bricklaying.

Bricklaying training rates that identify the ratio of apprentices to bricklayer tradespeople is the catalyst for concern as this has now dropped to less than 5%.

Therefore, for every 100 bricklayers in WA, there are only 5 bricklaying apprentices.

This compares to Electrical Mechanics at a training rate of 22.3%, Carpentry and Joinery at 13.9% and Plumbing and Gas at 12.4%.

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Employers Looking for Bricklaying Apprentices

Currently there are several employers looking for new bricklaying apprentices, particularly in the Perth metropolitan area.

It is likely that the employment market has improved recently due to changes in the building approvals process at local shire level.

This is great news for the WA apprenticeship market as once again we can place apprentices with trades that have ongoing work.

ABBTF assists all employers to connect with new bricklaying apprentices who have the right attributes for the role.

All potential bricklaying apprentices wanting to respond to current and future opportunities should submit a resume to ABBTF.  There are many helpful tips on considering bricklaying here.

Check out Career Suitability.

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New Construction Trade Training Centre for Rockingham

sod_turning-landing-page-2Recently the State government announced that site works had commenced on Challenger Institute of Technology’s new construction training centre in Rockingham, which is being built to meet the future demand for skilled construction tradespeople in that area.

The $28.6 million facility once constructed (completion expected 2014) will be the largest training centre of its kind in WA, adding an additional 28% of training workspace to the existing trade training area.

The facility will feature high tech workshops and classrooms to meet the demand of the new generation of apprentices and trainees. The facility will also incorporate energy saving systems to promote and maintain sustainability.

For more information on Bricklaying Apprenticeships in the Rockingham and Peel area through Challenger Institute of Technology contact Craig Butler on 0419940976.