Monthly Archives: April 2016

The Team that Supports and Understands

The team at ABBTF prides itself on being able to connect, understand and empathise with the bricklaying trade and its apprentices. For the office staff, the role is far more than just registering and processing subsidy claims.

Over time, valuable relationships have been built between staff and bricklayers and apprentices. More and more bricklayers and apprentices are calling the ABBTF team for advice and support which is readily given.


New Trade Support Loans repayment rules when apprentice moves overseas

New rules for the repayment of Trade Support Loan (TSL) debt, as offered by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training to all apprentices, are now in force.

Until now, bricklaying and other apprentices who took out a loan and moved overseas did not have to repay their debt as long as they remained offshore. Key changes now make it fairer for all.


20+ Year Record Growth in Bricklaying Apprentices in Training in NSW

Some very good news – the latest bricklaying apprentice numbers in New South Wales have hit a 12 year high in total numbers of apprentices in training and our estimates to date for 2016 suggest continued growth in annual commencements.

In the year to December 2015 apprentice commencements were 327 compared with 221 for the year to December 2014, a 48% increase.


Bricklaying is what happened while Sam was making other plans

Learning about Sam Worthington’s progress from bricklayer to movie star for this blog, made me reflect on those John Lennon lines, ‘Life is what happens while you’re making other plans’. What took Sam, who was probably always destined for acting, from bricklaying and other construction roles, along a very tenuous, high risk path in pursuit of fame? I think I could take a pretty good stab at how bricklaying became a formative part of his journey.


Let’s share our passion!

Interesting article from Mike Sutter Chairman of the Masonry Contractors Association of America (MCAA).

After just returning from Las Vegas and the World of Concrete/World of Masonry, I can tell you I am re-energized. How could I not be after all the productive meetings, social events, and of course MASONRY MADNESS on Wednesday — from the Apprentice Skills contest to the MCAA Fastest Trowel on the Block, and finally the SPEC MIX BRICKLAYER 500?


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