Monthly Archives: October 2016


Trystan Sammut Selected for WorldSkills International Squad

It has just been announced that Gold Medal winner in Bricklaying at the WorldSkills Australia National competition, Trystan Sammut has been selected as one of up to 25 Gold winners to train for WorldSkills International.

Trystan will soon join the 14 other men and nine women for the first training event for three days in Melbourne where the Skills Squad will meet with their skills mentors and develop a training plan for the coming months.

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Great Bricklaying Apprenticeship Numbers Coming Out of Queensland

You might have noticed in our Brickies Blog or in the ABBTF 2015-16 Annual Report that the number of bricklaying apprentices was at a 5 year high this year.

The data is showing us that sign ups in the first half of calendar 2016-17 have nearly equalled the whole of 2015-16 and given that year was significantly up on the previous year (+34%) the number of apprentices in Qld is looking healthy.

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‘City Deals’ Investment Promises Housing Growth for NSW

The bricklaying and building industry generally is set to benefit from an announcement late last week for a plan that will deliver more jobs and more housing as part of the first of several fund injections under the ‘City Deal for NSW’ investment partnership, between the NSW and Australian governments.

Western Sydney leads off with all cities in NSW to roll out investment plans from this partnership. The plan aims to make the state’s cities, metropolitan and regional, more liveable for the communities and businesses that they serve.

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Sir Joseph Totterdell: Remarkable Australian Bricklayer who Transformed the Brick Building Industry in WA

This is the very remarkable story of a clever and industrious man who foresaw the needs of the building industry in Western Australia and took action to make it happen.

Son of a Bricklayer and Brickmaker, Joseph Totterdell (1885-1959) immigrated to Australia from England in 1903. Before doing so he completed a five year Bricklaying apprenticeship where he was indentured to his father from the very young age of thirteen.

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Expressions of Interest in Free WA Small Business Course

ABBTF in Western Australia is partnering with the Small Business Development Corporation to offer a free, two hour workshop for Bricklayers that may assist them in setting up and running a successful business.

This opportunity will not only give Bricklayers some insight into managing their business’s better, but also put them in contact with a potential small business mentor, supported and endorsed by the state Government.

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Young Brickies Shine at National WorldSkills Competition

Over the past week brickies from all over have converged on Melbourne showgrounds to fight it out for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the National WorldSkills Australia Competition. The calibre of bricklaying competitors was extremely high and all competitors put all they had into producing their best in the three days of the competition.

Further to this, all of the judges were extremely impressed by how each of the bricklaying competitors conducted themselves and promoted the trade to the huge crowd that came through.

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