The Federal Government is introducing the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network, an innovative new targeted services which will deliver tailored advice and support to Australian Apprentices and employers who need additional assistance prior to sign-up and in-training.
Employers will receive more efficient help in navigating the apprenticeships system while individuals will be better assisted to complete their training. A selected group of experienced organisations has been appointed in the form of the new Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN). Read more >>
From April 13 to 17 the inaugural WorldSkills Oceania Competition was run in Hamilton, New Zealand and Australian Bricklaying champion Sam Spong from NSW competed as part of the Australian Team. The event was run exactly like an International WorldSkills competition so that competitors could gauge their progress in readiness for the main event in Brazil in August this year.
Gold, Silver and Bronze medals were on offer and the projects were very similar to the Brazil projects with adjustments for the different NZ brick size. It was a great test and all competitors had to really extend themselves, especially in the latter stages of the competition. Read more >>
Bricklayers working in regional areas of Australia may not be aware of the additional Federal Government funding to support the employment of a new apprentice – Rural & Regional Skills Shortage Incentive.
There is an additional $1,000 available to employers outside the metro areas of capital cities for signing on a new apprentice. This makes the Federal Government support up to $5,000 over the term of the apprenticeship. Read more >>
Australian Apprenticeships, the Federal Government Agency which manages apprenticeships in its Centres across the States and Territories, has recently recognised Troy Everett as an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador. The appointment is in recognition of his excellent work in promoting the skilled trade of bricklaying in Australia and around the world. Read more >>