NEW! Free short course offers pathway to bricklaying apprenticeships

The State Government has launched a new short course in bricklaying on the back of its highly successful $147 million Building Bonus program, which has re-energised Western Australia’s residential construction sector and created hundreds of additional jobs thanks to the State Government’s $20,000 bonus, with the stimulus generating enough construction work to last through to 2022.

The Bricklaying Job Ready program, which was developed in consultation with the Construction Training Fund and key industry partners including HIA, MBA and ABN Group, will create a pipeline of qualified bricklayers to meet the needs of WA’s building industry.

Students will complete the Work Safely in Construction short course skill set, which teaches work safety practices, basic measuring and calculation skills, and how to operate small plant and equipment used on building and construction projects — through a mix of on-campus training and work placement with industry employers. The program is free for concession-eligible students including jobseekers and people aged 15—24. Non-eligible participants will need to pay a fee. On completion of the course, students will have the opportunity to start a bricklaying apprenticeship with a participating employer.

The pilot program will be delivered by North Metropolitan TAFE, South Metropolitan TAFE, and private training provider Skill Hire. The program will be reviewed at the completion of the first course with a view to it being expanded to regional WA. Employers who sign up to the program will be able to access State and Australian Government incentives and wage subsidies.

Speaking at the program launch today, at the Construction Futures Centre in Belmont, WA Minister for Education and Training Sue Ellery said "This new ‘job-ready’ course is a golden opportunity for anyone thinking about a career in construction.".

Applications for the course are now open — with 50 places available for the first intake scheduled to start on November 9, 2020. Register your interest by emailing BricklayingJobReady@dtwd.wa.gov.au.