The ACCC yesterday issued its Final Determination granting re-authorisation to the Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF) to continue to apply a levy with matched manufacturers’ contributions, to fund programs to address the bricklaying skill shortage.
The decision is an endorsement of the efforts of the ABBTF’s managers and staff committed to improving the skills, the image and the availability of qualified bricklayers and blocklayers.
The ACCC’s approval follows a public consultative process across the building and construction industry to re-assess the benefits brought about by the ABBTF programs. It concluded that the ABBTF program provided a public benefit by way of increasing the supply of skilled bricklayers and reducing the delays in construction times.
ABBTF programs have supported the employment and training of more than 2,000 apprentices who have completed their training and achieved a qualification in bricklaying. The good work needs to continue as the industry faces a skill shortage in the trade with the increase in building activity and the popularity of competing trade careers.
The ACCC decision enables the current important funding arrangement to continue, whereby the small levy on brick and block sales is matched by clay brick and concrete masonry manufacturers. Funding is largely employed in subsidising bricklayers to take on apprentices and in providing students with an opportunity to ‘taste’ the trade at ‘try-a-trade’ events, career expos’ and at school.
View the ACCC Media Release