Education & Training


Beware of the Wind on Brick Walls

Safety First

Tragically last week another death occurred in Sydney with a brick wall collapse, involving strong wind and a second serious accident occurred about 20 km from the first, also related to the weather. It was July last year when again strong winds were involved in the death of another bricklayer. Around the country we always have the potential for severe and erratic weather patterns which can be a real danger to bricklayers and other workers on building sites.

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Host Bricklayer and his Apprentice are an Award-winning team.

Jay Davis receiving HIA Apprentice award

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.

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Musculoskeletal Injuries in Construction are on the Up

Musculoskeletal Injuries in Construction

WorkCover Queensland is advising employers in the construction industry to focus on injury prevention as the industry gears up to take an anticipated end of year 2017 spike in workers’ compensation claims. Kylie Walsh, Customer Experience Manager at WorkCover says data for Construction shows that claims in November 2016 were 33% higher than the number of claims made in November 2015.

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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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Give WorldSkills a Crack. There’s Everything to Win and Nothing to Lose

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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.

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Consider what you enjoy and take a good look at the trades

Smiling tradesman gesturing OK

On March 7, there was a valuable news contribution by journalist for The Australian, Andrew Wallace, on the importance of reaching young people with the message that the Trades are a great career choice for the right person. Unfortunately the trades are often dismissed outright in the clamor to get a university place. I’m sharing some of the highlights of Andrew’s article here as it aligns so well to ABBTF’s careers message and just maybe, by shining a light on the topic in this blog I’ll convince you to take another look at our great trade.

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Engagement options in slow times

ABBTF Calls on WA Builder Support

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.

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