Monthly Archives: April 2014

“Identify and Act” on Problems – Builders tell Bricklayers

In Western Australia we recently interviewed a range of building supervisors from major companies to identify current bricklaying skills gaps that may exist in both the residential and commercial sectors. The purpose was not only to get closer to the needs of builders in terms of the type of work that exists and the skills required, but also to get feedback on our trade and future trends.


Bricklayer Recognised by McGrath Foundation

You’ll recall Col Sommerfeld, brickie from Mackay, who was instrumental in raising a massive $24,000 for The McGrath Foundation which promotes awareness of the importance of diagnosing breast cancer early. He and another Mackay identity James ‘Yogi’ Roger, created an event called ‘Tradies Go Pink’ growing dreadlocks, which they then dyed pink and then publically had shaved off. In the process they raised enormous local awareness and built funds for the organisation.


Free Victorian Bricklayers Forum

Book Now: Wed April 30, 2014 6-8.30pm, Moorabbin
Being a bricklayer myself I have found that running a business or even being a sub-contractor isn’t as easy as just getting your quota of bricks in a day.
ABBTF’s Brick and Blocklayers Network (BBN) knows this, so to help out it has sourced the right people to assist with some of the most annoying parts of business development. In this forum there will be access to:


QLD Try-A-Trade Student Wins ABBTF’s 2013 Competition

The Try-A-Trade schools program run by ABBTF around the country was the trigger for Tre Lyell-Bevan entering and ultimately winning the 2013 “Shout Your Mates” national competition.
The ‘Become a Bricklayer’ comp, pitched to students, was a game of chance – so Tre’s was the first entry drawn, nationally winning him a mighty $1000 worth of Concert and Sports event gift vouchers of his choosing for 2014. The comp helps ABBTF promote the ‘Become a Bricklayer’ website to students.


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