Monthly Archives: March 2016


Show your pride in bricklaying– it’s your turn to shine

ABBTF Qld is aware of so many great stories about employers and apprentices in brick and blocklaying. So now, we’re asking you to nominate contenders for this year’s award. Let’s tell the rest of the State what we know: We have some amazing employers and apprentices in brick and blocklaying!

The Queensland Training Awards is the biggest and longest running training sector awards program in the State. The Queensland Training Awards provide individuals and organisations with a unique opportunity to showcase their achievements, best practice and innovation in training.

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Major changes to TAFE WA Structure

There have been rumours for some time regarding proposed changes to the make-up and structure of TAFE Colleges in Western Australia.

Earlier this week DTWD announced “Changes to TAFE in WA” through their VETinfo newsletter which can be summarised as follows:

From April 11, the existing 11 TAFE colleges and associated campuses will be managed by a reduced, streamlined structure of only five TAFE colleges.

These changes are part of the State Government’s Training Sector Reform Project, launched in October 2015 to examine the function and structure of WA’s public training sector. The project stems from an Independent review in 2013-2014 (titled Seare’s Review).

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Origins of Bricklaying Apprenticeship Training in WA “Truth, Beauty and Utility”

It is an ongoing task of this office to promote the virtues and benefits of bricklaying apprenticeship training to prospective newcomers and the industry at large.

However we have rarely examined or reflected on the history of apprenticeship training in WA and how it became the adopted system for training future bricklaying trades.

In order to appreciate the growth of the apprenticeship system, one must visualise the situation in colonial Western Australia over 165 years ago.

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