What do these students have in common with Bronson Harrison?

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They are all involved in bricklayer training. Bronson, a St George Illawarra Dragon and Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador, employs two apprentice bricklayers together with his bricklayer brother Cheyne in their construction business.

It’s great to hear of a top sportsman with a plan for life beyond NRL and one prepared to share it with others. Bronson was previously also an Apprentice Mentor in the NRL’s Trade UP program.

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Trystan Sammut Selected for WorldSkills International Squad

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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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‘City Deals’ Investment Promises Housing Growth for NSW

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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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Take Note: Chris Pike – A Bricklayer with a Passion for Restoration

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Chris Pike is an interesting bricklayer from the central Victorian town of Dunolly, near Bendigo. He’s a man who’s dedicated to delivering expert repair to old brickwork, for which he’s in high demand. But my guess is he’d take the same pride and care in bricking a new house as he does on restoring an old building.

Chris made the news recently when featured by the Sun Herald in Melbourne and I’m giving his story a second run because I’d like to also applaud Chris for his craftsmanship, on behalf of his industry and to pass on the learning. Chris has restored several of the very old public buildings in Dunolly, built between 1862 and 1884 during the gold mining boom in central Victoria.

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ABBTF Annual Report Announces Highest Apprentice Numbers in Five Years

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I’m pleased to announce that the Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation’s Annual Report for 2015-2016 has now been released and distributed to key stakeholders. The full report and the Operating Results are available online.

The report shows that apprentice numbers grew strongly during the year on the eastern seaboard, where high construction activity drove the demand for bricklayers. This resulted in a very positive number of 2,609 apprentices in training, nationally during the year, the highest in five years.

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Appreciation for Todd Farrawell’s Step-Out Training

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A group of Year 9 and 10 students at UC High School Kaleen completed a Brick & Blocklaying 3 day construction course held earlier this month, building two worm farms which will complement the School’s wide curriculum. The Step Out Program is an introductory bricklaying course conducted by the Australian Brick and Block Training Foundation (ABBTF) designed to open the eyes of students to the trade and the construction industry, to consider the possibility of obtaining qualifications and employment in the industry in the future.

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Successful Apprentice Integration isn’t Bolted-on. It’s embedded in Work Culture.

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For the apprentice, the job is not just about undertaking training that will mean a wage and a start in a construction career. The more I learn about how good employers train and mentor, the more I realise that it is so much more: a quality ‘learning based’ apprenticeship serves a very important role in building self-worth and a strong character, which will have a huge impact on what happens to that individual in their future.

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Koli Fisiikaile takes out the Bricklaying CITC Outstanding Apprentice Award

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ABBTF congratulates now qualified Koli Fisiikaile, who was the well-deserved winner of the 2016 Outstanding Apprentice in Bricklaying in the ACT for 2016. The announcement was made at the ACT Regional Building and Construction Industry Training Council (CITC), 14th Outstanding Graduating Apprentice and Industry Encouragement Awards. This important annual construction industry award night was held at Thoroughbred Park, Lyneham on Friday 19 August.

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Overdue but Appreciated: Apprentice Training Support Rise

Before July 1 this year, a NSW apprentice needing to travel more than 120 km a day for training received a $28 p/night accommodation subsidy and a 12c p/km fuel subsidy. This was the prospect facing any young country-based aspiring apprentice unable to access training inside 120km of his or her home.

Well, I’m delighted to be blogging the recent decision of the NSW Department of Industry to double the accommodation allowance – last revised 9 years ago – and the decision to nearly triple the fuel allowance, which hadn’t changed in 15 years! NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant said this would particularly benefit regional NSW where trainees and apprentices face long travel distances

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