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 […]

Recovery package for WA TAFE and training sector

$57 Million recovery package for WA TAFE and training sector – July 2020   ABBTF would like to congratulate the Western Australian Government in significantly reducing Bricklaying Trade Training Costs this week. The new Fee Schedule particularly for school leavers and mature aged persons, will make it more attractive to engage in a Bricklaying Pre-Apprenticeship […]

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 […]

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 […]

In it to win it – Paul Coon takes out Gold at Global Skills ’19

Bricklayer, Paul Coon took out first place at last weeks Global Skills Bricklaying Competition. Taking place at Holmesglen TAFE, Paul competed against the best bricklayers from countries such as the United Kingdom, China, Russia and more. Bricklayers were given four days to complete a range of different builds, all testing essential and creative skills.

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.