Some encouraging employment growth prospects have emerged for WA in recent months with the latest ABS unemployment figures for this State showing a fall to 5.5% in May. After NSW, WA now has the second lowest unemployment rate around the country – with NSW at 4.8%. Good news …Read more >>
Host bricklaying trainer Noel Green and his apprentice Jay Davis must be quite a team having both scored Awards at the the 2017 HIA WA Apprentice-of-the-Year awards ceremony in July in Perth. Noel, of Noel Green Bricklaying was presented with the Host Trainer Award, and Jay his apprentice, won overall Third-Year Apprentice-of-the-Year plus Best Third-Year bricklaying apprentice.Read more >>
We have come to the end of an era for the ABBTF in WA with the last working day for Ian Fitzgerald, trainer, mentor, industry leader, gentleman and friend. Ian first started with the ABBTF in 2010 though he’s been making an impact on young people’s lives for much longer than that.Read more >>
It’s that time of year again when bricklaying apprentices keen to challenge themselves, step up to the plate and get their entry in for the Regional WorldSkills Australia competition. Whether you’re in your first or last year of the apprenticeship, or anywhere in between, here’s your opportunity to test your skills for your own sake and against bricklaying apprentice competitors in the trade.Read more >>
As we all know WA is currently experiencing a period of economic slowdown. As a result, some employers and hosts are not in a position to offer a 3 or 4 year apprenticeship term until the market changes. However, one option in WA, especially useful for Bricklaying, is to look at taking on a “Trainee” through a reputable Group Training Organisation (GTO) such as Skill Hire, which has embarked on enhancing this option in recent times.
The Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation in conjunction with WA’s leading Brick Manufacturers, are currently offering a Free 2 hour Bricklaying orientation course for Supervisors.
The Building Supervisors Course has been designed to help those that are responsible for the installation of brickwork, as to “Raise the Bar” and achieve the best possible result for their clients.
Trystan Sammut’s work projects form part of his training for Abu Dhabi. Bricklaying is in preparation for the International WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi on 14 to 19 October this year. Young bricklaying apprentice and Skillaroo in the making Trystan Sammut, from Ballarat Victoria will enhance his skills aiming to achieve excellence at the world […]Read more >>
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.
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.
Anyone that has been in the WA building industry for 10 years or more will tell you that we are currently experiencing one of the toughest downturns in residential building activity ever. At the forefront of this change is the demand for bricklayers.
Bricklayers are accustomed to change and they are generally resilient in the face of fluctuating market cycles. However, given we’ve recently come off an extended period of unprecedented building growth leading up to June 2015, staffing levels and contracts have since reduced significantly.