JobTrainer Skills package – July 2020

JobTrainer Skills package will support economic recovery, growth and provide certainty for Apprentices and their Employers: ABBTF welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government of the $2 billion JobTrainer program. This will help Australians access new skills required to remain employed and mitigate the impact to the economy due to COVID-19. Together with the states […]

Writing a Resume and a Covering Letter

Annually the ABBTF office in WA receives well more than 200-300 Resumes in response to advertisements we post on Seek and other marketing mediums for Bricklaying Apprenticeships and Positions. Essentially, we use this process to help fulfil Vacancies known to us, provided by our trusted industry employer partners seeking our assistance. As such it important […]

New Government Support for WA Bricklaying Apprentices

New Government Support for WA Bricklaying Apprentices Photo Credit: ABN completing Apprentice and Host Employer – Adam Westwood and Westyn Ruyter with their graduation certificates. Westyn completed on the 31/01/2020 and was a Perth Region Gold Medallist in the last WorldSkills Australia competition. Since 2015 the decline in WA residential building activity and the consequential […]

WA’s Brick and Blocklaying Industry rebuts claims of inadequate skills training

        *** Media Release *** WA’s Brick and Blocklaying Industry rebuts claims of inadequate skills training The Brick and Blocklaying industry today strongly disagreed with the UDIA’s report claiming inadequate support has been provided by the industry to meet demand.  This industry has often been affected by the ups and downs of […]

True passion for bricklaying

During a recent field visit, our industry engagement officer (Jacqui Breeuwer) at Become a Bricklayer had the opportunity to meet a very talented Bricklaying teacher at VIC Poly – Michael Cations and his cute little two year old son – Billy (Future Brickie). Michael specialises in traditional hand-crafted wood ovens and fireplaces, and runs his […]

Get set for a 3% wage increase and new incentives for national skills shortages

What do you need to know? The Fair Work Commission has announced a 3.0% increase to minimum wages. The increase applies from the first full pay period starting on or after 1 July 2019. Who does the increase apply to? This increase is applicable to the employers of all workers on the minimum wage, nationally […]

Work Ready Program on Monday, Apprenticeship by Friday!

Chan completed his Work Ready Program at Swinburne Croydon on 12th June. Just six days later on the 18th, he had started a trial with LVL Bricklaying Pty Ltd where they saw great potential and not long after, was signed as an official apprentice by 20th June.