With all the talk of the mining boom, the federal government has released some interesting new figures to put the mining industry in perspective with other industries.
In Australia, the construction industry employs over 1 million workers. It’s one of the three largest employing industries along with retail and healthcare. At FCTA (a leading Registered Training Organisation in SA) we have many students talking about getting in on the mining boom. Read more >>
Entry into the Building and Construction industry can come through several paths. Depending on a student’s personal development and interests, he or she will be attracted to one or more trades as a starting point. Some will stay with that discipline throughout their working life, others will continue to evolve a career through changes and upward steps. Bricklaying is an excellent starting point to a future in this industry. Once the three to four year apprenticeship is complete, progression to other qualifications and or, more responsible job roles is highly likely for those with ambition. Read more >>
If you’ve lost interest in school or just can’t seem to achieve for some reason and are considering leaving school, you might want to consider pre-apprenticeship training. It’s a way to try out the trades for a time, before you make a full commitment to an apprenticeship.
Yes it comes at a cost, but with the incentives that are often provided, depending on your age, the State Government benefits and the organisation offering the pre-apprenticeship, it is good value. Read more >>
Lindsay Partridge has been named a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this week, for his visionary work in securing the future of this industry through the ongoing training of a skilled workforce in bricklaying.
His work culminated in the establishment of the Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF) which he continues to actively guide as Chairman of the Board of Directors. This national organisation has, since 2006, made possible the training of up to 2500 apprentices in Australia each year. Read more >>
Townsville’s Cluden Race Course was the venue for the (unofficial) first Aussie Best Bricklayer Competition, May 19 and 20, when the best blocklayers in Northern Queensland got together to see who was the fastest and most accurate in the game. Read more >>
As part of next year’s budget, the Federal Government recently announced grants to help young apprentices starting their own business within two years of finishing an apprenticeship.
These are grants specifically to help in business skills training and mentoring support. Read more >>