Monthly Archives: June 2016


Program shares Bricklaying with 190 Youth in recent weeks

At ABBTF we have found through experience that the most effective promotion of the bricklaying trade apprenticeship is to give a young person a trowel to try-out bricklaying for themselves. As a result, over recent weeks across the country there have been a large number of young people getting a taste of bricklaying.

For example, at Coffs Harbour TAFE in NSW, this week 27 secondary students are participating in a Step Out Program for one week. A Work Ready Program is starting at Granville TAFE on Monday with 15 school students and job seekers enrolled. The plan is to run a program each week in NSW to fill ongoing apprenticeship vacancies.

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Boom Time. Tower Cranes Cloak Sydney’s Skyline

To say there is very high demand for Bricklayers in the NSW market would be the understatement of the year; just look at the number of tower cranes working in Sydney at the moment (approximately 300 in the greater Sydney area). I have been in the construction industry in Sydney for over 30 years and the last time I saw it this busy was in 2000 before the GST increase and the Sydney Olympics. Reversing a long term trend, bricks are now making a huge comeback in high rise buildings and numerous buildings are all face brick in over 20 story constructions.

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Lithgow’s Construction Class Learn from the Best

Lithgow High School’s senior construction class was recently given the opportunity to visit the bricklaying facility at Bathurst TAFE. Lithgow’s VET teacher Wayne Morris brought the students Bathurst to experience the practical skills necessary to achieve part of the course competencies in bricklaying and to benefit from exposure to one of our trade’s best trainers.

At TAFE, under the expert guidance of Bathurst TAFE teacher Peter Moore, the Year 12 students were able to practice some of the basic skills and also learn about the career opportunities available in the bricklaying trades.

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What do Cannington, Duncraig and Perth have in common?

Career Expos which feature bricklaying’s highly regarded “Try a Trade” hands on experience are coming to town at schools in Cannington and Duncraig and to the Perth Convention Centre over the next while. These are opportunities not to be missed. Ongoing feedback tells us we have the best exhibition on offer to learn and try out a trade with the prospect of undertaking a Bricklaying Apprenticeship.

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National Minimum Wage Increase Effective July 1, 2016

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The Fair Work Commission recently handed down the highly anticipated ruling to determine how much the existing minimum wage would increase for the next 12 months. The result is that the Fair Work Commission has announced a 2.4% increase in the minimum wage, which will flow on to bricklaying apprentices under the Modern Award, applicable for the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July, 2016.

Employers need do nothing at this point. It takes the Fair Work Commission 2 – 3 weeks to update the pay rates in each award.

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ANZACs Honoured by Bricklayers

Originally Mitchell Osborne’s dad had a contract to build an ANZAC memorial at Beerwah but when he was unable to go he called upon his son to help. Mitchell jumped to it and travelled to Queensland from Melbourne along with his own first year bricklaying apprentice Daniel Hocking (pictured below) to have the honour of completing the project.

Mitchell, who has his own business, MJO Bricklaying, was delighted to offer to take Daniel on the trip “He is a great apprentice who can already lay 100 bricks a day yet he only started his apprenticeship in January this year.”

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