Monthly Archives: July 2015


The New Home of ABBTF WA

Just thought I would take a few minutes to show you a sneak peak our new facility in WA.

Earlier this year, we were given our marching orders from the Welshpool Business Enterprise Centre (small business incubator). Not bad considering that it was only supposed to be for 3 years as from mid 2007.

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WorldSkills Australia Bricklaying Champions Unite in Support of Sam Spong

On the evening of Friday the 17th July there was a gathering of past Australian bricklaying Champions who came together to share insights and advice with Sam Spong who will soon be following the same journey to the international stage, that each took in recent years.

Five of the above have already represented their country in Bricklaying in the world competition, with Sam, our current Champion about to do so.

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Ted’s Life Experience in Bricklaying

I’m new in the ABBTF Victorian office and having a dad as a bricklayer, I’ve been invited, with his approval, to share part of his very successful life and work experience with readers. Dad, or Ted Breeuwer to you, is now a retired bricklayer but he’s responsible for quite a lot of brickwork on public and private buildings in Melbourne and even in regional Victoria. He’s got a few tips on how to be successful too.

My dad came to Australia in 1958 as a fitter and turner and mechanic, but he saw bigger opportunities in bricklaying. In 1965 he teamed up with his bricklaying brother-in-law Joe Schroen and with his ability to read drawings and being good with his hands, dad caught on very quickly. Within two months he was even building six units on his own on weekends!

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Creative Brick Design Demonstrates Talents of Bricklayers

We are seeing more evidence of clay bricks and concrete masonry being a feature of architecturally designed buildings. This is welcomed by the industry and provides an opportunity for talented contractors to put their skills on show. These outstanding brick and block projects prove that bricklaying is a highly skilled trade and that good contractors will continue to be in high demand for many years to come.

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Apprentice Pay Increase Emphasizes Need to Train

The Fair Work Ombudsman has released new national pay rates for apprentices effective from 1 July 2015. The increase is 2.5% across the board for all Year levels.

Bricklayers should see this change as an opportunity to focus on training their apprentices on all facets of the trade as set out in the training package. The sooner the apprentice gains the necessary skills of bricklaying, the sooner the employer will benefit from improved productivity on the job.

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