Nominations for the 2012 Crystal Vision Awards for National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) QLD/NT are open, so get your entries in by Friday 10 August. This year’s theme, Women on the Rise, celebrates the significant achievement made by women within construction and the increasing success being demonstrated by them within the industry. There are 13 different award categories available. The awards will be presented at a gala dinner on Friday 19 October 2012 in the Plaza Terrace Ballroom at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.
As the 2012 winner of the Arup Award category for Achievement as a Business Woman (Small Business), I encourage all women in bricklaying to nominate themselves for an Award. The Crystal Vision Awards program runs in all States and details are available at the NAWIC website. It’s important to be proud of what you have achieved in your work. By recognising the skills, courage and innovation possessed by you, nominating yourself also sends out a positive message and inspiration to the next generation of young women who want to move into the construction industry or move up within it. It encourages more women to think about construction as a viable and rewarding career choice, and as you and I both know bricklaying is definitely this!
The award categories epitomise NAWIC’s core objectives of encouraging and supporting women along with recognising that within the industry lies a vital, dynamic and progressive group of women dedicated to the betterment of construction. Now in its fourteenth year, The 2012 Crystal Vision Awards will be judged by a panel of industry experts independent of NAWIC and will cover 13 categories:
|1.||BMD Constructions Crystal Vision Award for Advancing and Furthering the Interests of Women in the Construction Industry|
|2.||Hutchinson Builders Award for Achievement in Design|
|3.||Arup Award for Achievement as a Business Woman (Small Business – 250 staff or less)|
|4.||Cement Australia Award for Achievement in Marketing, Community Engagement and Communication Excellence|
|5.||Civil Contractors Federation Award for Achievement in Construction (Civil Works)|
|6.||Department of Housing and Public Works Award for Achievement in Construction (General Building)|
|7.||John Holland Award for Achievement as a Business Woman (Large Business- 251 staff or more)|
|8.||Queensland University of Technology Award for Innovation|
|9.||Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Office for Women) Award to a Young Achiever|
|10.||Construction Skills Queensland Award for Contribution in Building and Construction Trades|
|11.||Leighton Contractors Award for Achievement in Sustainable Development|
|12.||Construction Training Centre Award for New Beginnings Recognition|
|13.||Achievement in the Construction Industry by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) Woman.|
It is good to know that ABBTF support the NAWIC awards and their Victorian Manager Jane Alexander is a past recipient of a high commendation in Victoria.
Stacey Rimene, General Manager, BBC Homes
I spent this afternoon catching up with one of FCTA – Building Careers recently completed apprentices, Jay Gerardis. Jay is 21 and has just finished his bricklaying apprenticeship and completing the training required to apply for his builders licence. In Jays words, the best reasons to become a bricklayer are ‘being able to work the hours you want, be outside, not stuck in an office’ That’s when Jay looks at me in front of my computer and adds in ‘no offence’.
Jay won the HIA Bricklaying Apprentice of the Year award in 2010, 2011 & 2012. This year he has been nominated in the SA Training Awards, for Apprentice of the Year. Jay got in to bricklaying after completing a week’s work experience. “You have to try it first, I was even thinking of doing tiling, but once I tried bricklaying I made my mind up. With the other trades you’re either stuck inside all day, or like carpenters, most the time people can’t see your work”. When I ask Jay about changes in the industry he talks about his concern about the possible price increases associated with the carbon tax and ‘green’ building, versus the benefits of building greener homes. “There’s definitely a move to these new 5 star energy efficient homes. I’ve worked on a few of them, and they are a bit more expensive but you have to think about all the money you’re going to save over the years, it’s worth it”.
The biggest shock for Jay once completing his apprenticeship was finding out about all the tax and financial issues during the training for his builders licence, “I was talking to this guy and saying, do you know you can claim all these things on your tax, and the guy had no idea, I just said, you’ve got to do the training!” Jay is currently working on a stone fronted house in the Adelaide Hills, “it’s a tough site, it’s like building on the side of a mountain, but it’s going to look great. You don’t mind the tougher sites when you work out how much you can earn by putting in the extra effort. I’ve built with Hebel, stone, block and brick, there’s lots of different ways to build. At the moment I’m working on a classic style house, there’s a trend getting back to that look, and red brick homes”. Jay is planning to hire his own apprentice once his business is up and running, “As an apprentice you think, how does the boss want it done, but then when you go to do it, you end up mixing what your boss has taught you with what you learn at trade school, that’s what’s best about it. I’m definitely hiring an apprentice, it was the best thing that happened to me”.
Trisch Baff, Marketing & Project Manager,
FCTA – Building Careers
It was all there at the Skills West Expo August 19 to 20, as bricklaying apprentices from around the state battled it out in the regional bricklaying World Skills competition at the Perth Convention Centre.
Some 20,000 people visited the expo to see WA’s best of the best fight it out in this prestigious international competition.
Most young men that participated in the event are in the prime of their lives, full of energy, great physics and in training! The competition is designed to test their bricklaying knowledge, competency and all round dogged determination.
All competitors where given a project to build in clay brick and masonry as per the drawing detail. Millimetres made the difference between glory and heart ache!
In the final stages of the competition, each apprentice had to build a brick pier as high as they could in just 25 minutes (not a tower of Piazza to be seen anywhere!). Check out the pics in the WA Gallery.
The who’s who of the bricklaying trade training fraternity was on hand to give support to these young chargers as they battled it out over the 2 days.
Training providers, employers and industry representatives where all very impressed with the all-round performance of each individual and the event itself got a lot of praise from the likes of Dale Alcock who visited the group whilst competing.
The state results for this event (Bunbury inclusive) were as follows: Gold = Alan Ramsden; Silver = Rhyse Moroney; Bronze = Samuel Long.
Well done to all the boys as they now prepare for the national finals in Sydney 2012 and if successful they could represent Australia in Leipzig Germany.
WA Bricklaying World Skills steering committee chair WA