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VIDEO: Graphic on screen: Interview with Ben Davies: Talking about his job as a bricklayer
Ben Davies in his work clothes standing in front of a building site.

VIDEO: Ben Davies in his work clothes standing in front of a building site.

Graphic on screen: Bricklayer Ben Davies Provincial Bricklaying Geelong

AUDIO: I never really did that well at school. Ah, school probably just wasn’t really for me. And I’m sure there’s a lot of other kids out there that are probably in the same boat I was. And I sort of always had a passion for working hard and um …

VIDEO: Ben Davies navigating a wheelbarrow through the site and shovelling sand into a cement mixer.

AUDIO: Yeah, chose bricklaying and sort of weighed up the options and it was a good move for me to get out of school and take up a trade.

VIDEO: Ben Davies in his work clothes standing in front of a building site.

AUDIO: When I started bricklaying I was sixteen years old and I thought: ‘Well, if I stick at this I’ll be qualified by the time I’m nineteen and I’ll start earning myself some pretty good money.’

VIDEO: Ben Davies constructing a brick wall on the site and pushing a wheelbarrow down the street.

AUDIO: I’m twenty three now, almost twenty four. And yeah, I haven’t looked back at all really and I still enjoy it a hundred per cent. I worked for my employer after I finished my apprenticeship for three years and then I took the step to work for myself. They would be the main two options.

VIDEO: Ben Davies in his work clothes standing in front of a building site.

AUDIO: Or there’s also the possibility of going to work in a big construction company as well. Um, but I chose ‘self-employed’ because I can sort of, run my own show.

VIDEO: Ben Davies making adjustments to a brick wall on the site.

AUDIO: Yeah, I always try and take a bit of pride in my work. If you don’t you’ll probably never get any work again, so … Yeah, I just like to doing a really good job. Makes you feel good to know that your building might be still standing a hundred-hundred and fifty years. I’ve done a few repair jobs on really old buildings in Melbourne and stuff like that and yeah, you sorta think it’s a pretty good trade to have knowing that it’s gonna stand there for a long time.

VIDEO: (fade to black)
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