Bricklayers and blocklayers are in heavy demand in the Western Australian construction industry with 50 – 60 job vacancies being advertised at any given time.

Given the shortage of skilled brick and blocklayers in the Australian construction industry, employers have come together as part of an industry foundation to provide training through an apprenticeship.

According to Dean Pearson, Western Australia Manager of the Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation, there is a huge demand for apprentices in the NSW and WA construction markets with businesses willing to take people on their rolls.

Pearson adds that the jobs are available and so is support; all they need now are applicants. However, the overwhelming paperwork and administration make it even harder to employ apprentices and fix their skills shortage.

MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre Consultant Ashley Williamson explains that when he is called by Dean to help with training contracts and incentive assessments, he expects a commercial customer service attitude and responsiveness from MEGT.

Being a free government-contracted service, MEGT assists with getting people that really want a career in this industry into apprenticeships. The Foundation looks to MEGT to help promote their industry alongside them; provide mentoring support to help get young people through the four years of learning their trade; give unbiased, fair advice on quality trainers and employment model options; and help with getting the administration side of things done quickly and correctly.

Australian Apprenticeships are an Australian Government initiative.