Monthly Archives: January 2015


Need to Urgently Ramp-up Bricklaying Pre-trade Training

With the increase in building activity and the forecast of further increase in Building and Construction, ABBTF is calling on Government to fund a greater number of pre-employment courses to meet the growing needs of a booming building industry and strong demand for bricklayers.

Post-GFC and during the massive downturn in activity, the Government quite rightly reduced funding to these courses due to a lower level of vacancies. However, now is the time to get on the front foot and address the growing need for apprentices to join the bricklaying trade. Not only bricklayers, but other trades like carpenters and plumbers are also saying it’s getting harder and harder to source quality tradesmen and as a result it’s delaying build times.

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From the Bush to Bangkok via WorldSkills Australia National Competition

Following on from his strong placing at fourth in the 2014 National WorldSkills Australia finals in Perth, young Mackay bricklayer, Toby Tosh, has been selected as one of two competitors from the National finals to work on the construction of the new Australian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.
Also selected to work on this complex and exciting job, along with Toby, was Matthew Cheso from South Australia who finished second in the national event.

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A Smorgasbord of so Many Facets of Bricklaying in the Ukraine!

OK, let’s go to the Ukraine! I have to say this was an awesome trip (except for the shooting down of MH17 on the day I arrived). There is so much brick construction in Ukraine – over 90% of all construction is brickwork and I had the opportunity to visit this extremely profitable brick construction site.

Check out this full brick Cathedral, now and in the construction stages.

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Australia Day Celebrates the Migrating Bricklayer

With the First Fleet landing in Botany Bay on 26 January, 1788 arrived a very valuable passenger: Australia’s first bricklayer James Bloodsworth. James was a ‘migrant’ of sorts, a convict from the English penal system. His skills were quickly evident and he became a very important part of Captain Arthur Phillip’s settlement building team.

Later he was pardoned due to his great contribution to the development of the colony; his leadership and skills in manufacturing and laying bricks, as well as being the prominent builder of the early settlement.

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A Well-Deserved, Outstanding Apprentice: Nicholas Coci

Much has been written about 18 year old ABN Bricklaying apprentice Nicholas Coci’s accomplishments in 2014.

Some of these outstanding results include his impressive performance at the WorldSkills Australia national bricklaying competition this year where he was placed third and won the ABBTF “Gun Trowel” trophy, plus winning the WA ABBTF best direct indenture bricklaying apprentice and Best MBA and ABN overall apprentice for 2014 – to name but a few successes!

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