ABBTF WA is receiving good feedback on the quality of apprentices coming from the one week short course in bricklaying.
Paul Gannon from the HIA was full of praise for the ABBTF short course. Paul said, “The only bricklaying apprentices that I have put on have come from the short course not the pre-apps and the quality of the kids has been really good, which is probably down to the selection process of you guys at ABBTF”. A number of other employers have also said how good the course has been.
The course includes three days preparation including White Card and two days of work experience. Participants are pre-screened through an interview process from those who have expressed an interest in the trade as a response to ABBTF advertising. The course costs the participants approx. $100 with all other costs covered by ABBTF. ABBTF’s Ian Fitzgerald and Kristine North are involved in the recruiting and selection process. The course aims at attracting school students and those already in employment.
At this time of high demand for apprentices, the course is having better and more immediate outcomes than the 15 week pre-app courses and the school based pre-app training during Years 11 and 12.
Dean Pearson, ABBTF WA Manager agreed, “The real strength of the programs is the people that we have involved in terms of interviewing, mentoring and pairing. This includes ABBTF, the participating RTO’s and Employer groups such as the HIA”.
ABBTF WA Manager