Monthly Archives: December 2015


Career choice decisions around the kitchen table

At this time of year a lot of discussions around the kitchen table are about ‘What happens now that school has finished?’ Some students as young as at Year 10 level decide schools no longer for them, and many Year 11 and 12 students move out of the secondary system, often uncertain about their next step to joining the workforce and setting out on a career.

Research tells us that over half our apprentices come into bricklaying on the advice of someone close to them, family or friends or through knowing a bricklayer. These recommendations come from people who care and have the best interests of the apprentice at heart.

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ABBTF Announces $2,000 Incentive for Employers of Female Apprentice Bricklayers

On the back of past and present trade shortages around the country, the make up of our skilled bricklayer trade base continues to change.

The barriers that once existed for females entering the trade are well and truly gone, as we see more and more not only entering the trade, but also excelling in this previously male dominated industry.

To encourage and assist the employment of Female Apprentice Bricklayers (FAB), ABBTF announces the provision of a $2,000 incentive for employers.

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Get up to Scratch on Bricklayer Apprentice Workplace Entitlements and Pay

A really ingenious information tool was developed and launched last month by the Fair Work Ombudsman, designed to ensure both employers and apprentices know their rights and obligations to each other. It’s called Workplace Basics and it’s a quiz, broken into seven areas or modules, all up covering the vast majority of questions relating to workplace Award wage rates and conditions.

While it’s not only for Bricklaying, most of the issues are directly relevant, and you choose the modules you want to run through. Besides the quiz, Fair Work offers a lot more in-depth information at their website should you need it.

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Work Ready Programs are Underway in Qld

With the end of the 2015 school year here the ABBTF Qld team is busy running Work Ready Programs (WRP) for a Bricklaying Apprenticeship, in Brisbane North and Southside with one planned in early 2016 on the Gold Coast. Call us about other areas 1300 66 44 96.

The Bricklaying WRP’s are designed to give candidates practical hands-on experience and more informative insight into the bricklaying industry than they could get any other way, prior to them going onsite for a trial or an apprenticeship start.

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