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 Read more >>
ABBTF annually receives thousands of expressions of interest and applications to start a bricklaying apprenticeship. The variety of people and range of abilities is immense. However, we find that the two qualities that stand out with successful candidates are a good attitude and the attendance rate.
Your Attitude speaks heaps about you: It’s often clear as early as in the initial phone call, or in the quality of the application, the face-to-face experience or commitment to the training to be done, or the job itself. Read more >>
The month of July 2016 brought the ABBTF NSW team to the town of Goulburn, population 24,000, 2.1 hours south of Sydney. The goal was set: to accomplish a Step Out Program in the period of three days with the keen and eager students at the local High School…seemed do-able!
Arriving on the Wednesday 20th, we had a great start with blue skies all materials in place and a plan to build two projects in the grounds of Goulburn High School. These are great assignments, as they give students a taste of bricklaying and they add value to the school grounds, where you thereafter will hear the sounds of ‘I built that!” Read more >>
Great to hear this week that Tasmanian owned Island Block & Paving has expanded its operations to open a southern Tasmanian branch at Glenorchy, near Hobart.
Island Block is one of Australia’s leading independent manufacturers of concrete masonry products covering a vast range of brick building and landscaping masonry, all manufactured at Breadalbane in Northern Tasmania. Read more >>
The bricklaying workforce is increasing and getting younger, as shown on the Graph here. The previous Census in 2011 showed that bricklayers up to the age of 30 had grown by 1,904 or 27.7% in the past five years and 2,871 or 48.7% in the past 10 years.
This is good new for the industry as a growing number of skilled tradesmen are needed to respond to the current high level of building and construction activity on the Eastern Seaboard. Read more >>
Key players in the bricklaying industry in NSW have recently joined forces to provide bricklayer apprenticeship training for Middle-Eastern refugees to help them start a new life in Sydney. The program is a united effort from ABBTF the bricklaying apprenticeships peak body, together with Australia’s largest brick maker Austral Bricks and Settlement Services International (SSI), a not-for-profit humanitarian organisation helping refugees resettle in Australia.
The focus of the project is ABBTF’s introductory training course in bricklaying, known as the Work Ready Program (WRP) which in this case was held at Granville TAFE in the heart of western Sydney. Importantly, by helping prospective apprentices to be ‘work-ready’ before they start the Apprenticeship, it is also helping to introduce candidates who are a good fit for bricklaying. Read more >>
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. Read more >>
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. Read more >>
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.” Read more >>
A terrible car accident on April 23, the ANZAC Day weekend, sadly killed a 17 year old apprentice bricklayer, Ethan Hertslet and two of his friends who were returning home after the long weekend away.
Ethan lived in the regional town of Orange in NSW where the devastation of this loss left people heartbroken. He was an apprentice bricklayer employed by local bricklayer Gary Pollack and was a very popular young person at work and amongst his peers around Orange, Gilgandra, Brewarrina and elsewhere. Read more >>