Monthly Archives: November 2014


Polytechnic West and ABBTF Partner in Pathway Program

ABBTF and Polytechnic West (PWT) have again partnered to introduce bricklaying as a career, this time through the Construction Pathway Program conducted through Polytechnic West.

The project involved secondary school students from Darling Range Senior High School who last week completed a community project at Castledare Miniature Railway (a non-profit organisation). It encompassed bricklaying, paving and general site works. The training was quite extensive and therefore was conducted for two days a week, over three weeks.

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Trade Support Loans for Apprentices

The Federal Government has replaced the Tools for Your Trade Payments with the “Trade Support Loan” from 1st July 2014 for eligible apprentices doing a Cert III or Cert IV qualification on the National Skills Occupations Shortage List.

Trade Support Loans provide up to $20,000 to assist them with the costs of living and learning while undertaking an apprenticeship. A 20% discount is applied on the amount borrowed when the apprentice successfully completes their apprenticeship. Apprentices are required to repay the loans through the tax system when their repayment income meets the repayment threshold.

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260 New Bricklaying Apprentices in WA in Two Years!

In times of significant growth in residential building activity, as in Perth recently, keeping up supply of the trades, especially bricklaying is challenging. The demand for bricklayers has been very high and as a result so is the need for additional bricklaying apprentices.

As shown in the statistics, ABBTF has delivered on the challenge: As of June this year, commencements of new bricklaying apprenticeships have increased by 54%, compared to June 2013 (367 vs 239). Compared to June 2012, which was a very difficult year for our trade and industry, 2014 apprenticeship starts actually increased by a whopping 243% (367 vs 107). That’s an additional 260 new pairs of hands on tools and bricks in the last 2 years!

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