Monthly Archives: October 2014


ABBTF Parents Know How Good a Trade it is!

If ever there was a testament to how good the bricklaying trade is, in terms of opening doors and building a career – this is it! Currently three ABBTF team members have encouraged their sons’ interest in starting an apprenticeship in bricklaying. It’s no mean feat from a small organisation like ABBTF to produce three new apprentices from its own families – they’re certainly doing their bit to improve apprentice numbers but most importantly they want opportunities for their children that will see them advance in a skilled area while also enjoying life and they can see clearly that bricklaying is a sound choice.

The three new apprentices in the last 12 months are Charlie, son of Brian Munns, ABBTF Qld Field Rep, Mitchell, son of David Gill, former ABBTF NSW Manager (now Bricklayer Training Aust [BTA] General Manager) and Daniel, son of Sue Johnsen, Personal Assistant to ABBTF CEO in Victoria.

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Mind-blowing Russian Reds

I would like to share with you some of the most aesthetically profound brick constructions in the world. My recent trip to Europe, Russia and Ukraine has reinforced by belief that Red Square in Moscow houses some of the best brick constructions in the world. One of my favourites in Red Square is the Russian historical museum, pictured above.

Built by architect Vladimir Sherwood (whose father was an English Engineer), the museum is constructed of red brick and is a prime example of Russian Revivalism. It was completed in 1894 after a 20 year construction period, and its walls (some of them 1.4 metres thick) contain nearly all facets of bricklaying including this precision and architectural construction.

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Converts from Carpentry see Bricklaying as Clever Choice

A number of young bricklaying apprentices started out thinking they wanted to be carpenters.

We are hearing that views about carpentry and bricklaying are changing when people learn more about what’s involved in each trade. Increasingly, we’re seeing young people choose bricklaying over carpentry, due to opportunities, work effort and financial issues.

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ABBTF Short Courses Produce Quality Apprentice Starters

ABBTF WA is receiving good feedback on the quality of apprentices coming from the one week short course in bricklaying.

Paul Gannon from the HIA was full of praise for the ABBTF short course. Paul said, “The only bricklaying apprentices that I have put on have come from the short course not the pre-apps and the quality of the kids has been really good, which is probably down to the selection process of you guys at ABBTF”. A number of other employers have also said how good the course has been.

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WA Minister gets ‘Hands On’ at ABBTF Try-a-Trade

ABBTF WA currently has 80 bricklaying apprenticeship vacancies to fill and is looking for quality young people to start an apprenticeship now. So it was good to see plenty of political interest in bricklaying at the recent WorldSkills Australia and Careers Expo in Perth as we aim to get our message out far and wide.

We captured WA Minister for Education Dr Kim Haynes, MLA when he tried his hand at bricklaying at the ABBTF Try-a-Trade stand at the Perth Convention Centre. The Minister was ably assisted by Andrew Riddiough, an apprentice with APG (part of the ABN Group) who assisted on the stand.

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