Monthly Archives: December 2014

St Petersburg Brickwork is Forever

OK, let’s push on. This, in my opinion bricklaying-wise, is the most profound church in the world. It is the main church of St. Petersburg – Cathedral of the Resurrection or the Church of Spilt Blood.

This church is built on the site where Tsar Alexander the Great was executed. The extraordinary brickwork is phenomenal. It was started in 1883 and finally finished in 1907. It is one of the churches that covers all bricklaying applications to great lengths.


Vic Bricklaying Apprentices Helped with 50% Cut on Vehicle Rego Cost

Under the newly reinstated Victorian Labor Government’s $26.5 million plan, its great news that trades apprentices here will be eligible for a 50 per cent discount on annual car registration costs. For those paying standard registration for metro Melbourne, this will mean a very significant discount of $378.85 per year. “Eligible trades” to be fully funded under Labor’s plan include: bricklayers, carpenters, joiners, electricians and plumbers.

Apprentices will need to demonstrate that they are among the 15,200 apprentices in Victoria who require a car for their job. Watch out for upcoming details with Vic Roads. There is also an existing very attractive Federal Trade Support Loan available to apprentices.


MCA Annual Awards Dinner 2014

The Masonry Contractors Association of NSW & ACT (MCA) 16th Annual Awards for Brick and Blocklaying excellence took place on Friday, November 7. Once again, the stars of the night were the combined works of the 46 entries submitted over seven categories!

The Awards night was held at Dockside in Cockle Bay and was attended by 250 industry guests. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Geoff Noble, CEO of the Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF), ongoing platinum sponsors of this major even


Nice Way to Wrap Up the 2014 Year – Winners are Grinners

Continuing the run of success following QLD’s strong showing at the WorldSkills competition in September, ABBTF is proud to have sponsored local Bricklaying Apprentice Training Awards announced in recent weeks. The Awards and winners are:

• Bricklaying Award TAFE – Gold Coast – Daniel Hermann
• Bricklaying Award TAFE – Skills Tech (TAFE Qld) – Cory Bolvaran
• The Skills Tech Encouragement Awards went to Mitchell Paterson and William Siut


War Against Work

The laws of supply and demand are fundamental to a democratic society and are the foundations of all commercial decision making. The laws of supply and demand are currently playing a big part of the reality of our country’s job market.

The Masonry Contractors Association of NSW & ACT “War Against Work” article published recently on their website asks the question “Have you sent your children to War yet?” this article relays a sentiment by many working in the employment sector and puts the issue forward in a new and different light.


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