Qld Bricklaying Apprentices – Plan ahead for your Licence

Tony Bishop, ABBTF

Any apprentice brick and blocklayer in Queensland knows that when you decide to start sub-contracting in your own right, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) requires under the law that you be licenced to perform your trade. Following your 4 year Apprenticeship you are legally able to become a sub-contractor and given the work opportunities available, you just may want to commence your own business, soon after qualification. It’s therefore a wise move to start preparations early.

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Masonry Madness is on again in the USA

I’m currently in Las Vegas, USA, representing ABBTF attending the biggest annual event in bricklaying on the planet and thrilled to be again judging the apprentices competition. Dubbed ‘Masonry Madness’, for good reason, the full program is a collection of the most exciting masonry competitions in the world – all set for Wednesday January 18 (US time).

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Great Bricklaying Apprenticeship Numbers Coming Out of Queensland

You might have noticed in our Brickies Blog or in the ABBTF 2015-16 Annual Report that the number of bricklaying apprentices was at a 5 year high this year.

The data is showing us that sign ups in the first half of calendar 2016-17 have nearly equalled the whole of 2015-16 and given that year was significantly up on the previous year (+34%) the number of apprentices in Qld is looking healthy.

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Boost to Qld Bricklaying Apprenticeships as Payroll Tax Rebate Doubled

The Qld State Government recently announced that it is doubling an incentive for Queensland businesses to employ apprentices and trainees as part of a drive to create more jobs.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the Government’s scheme offering a 25% payroll tax rebate for employing apprentices or trainees would be doubled to 50%.

For this financial year any employer in the State with apprentices or trainees on staff will be able to claim a 50% rebate.

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ABBTF and MCA Road Shows in Nth Qld

ABBTF and Masonry Contractors Australia (MCA) are about to hold Roadshows in North and Central Qld next week from Monday 30 May.

These roadshows are to give the industry an insight into ABBTF and MCA. They will explain the services and benefits these Associations bring to the industry. Both ABBTF and MCA invite you to come along and join us to hear what could be very beneficial to your business.

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First impressions really DO count …

In a recent article in the UK Daily Mail on employers making decisions about job applicants, this headline reinforced a vital but often overlooked aspect of how to succeed. According to the article, interviewers on average, take just 385 seconds to decide if the candidate is right for the role!

ABBTF finds, when evaluating Bricklaying Apprenticeship applications, in some cases it can be even quicker. Something as simple as a bad email address that might be rude or have an offensive connotation to it can have a candidate dismissed before their CV/Resume is even read, let alone being considered for attending an interview.

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