Why Parents SHOULD be Encouraging an Apprenticeship over a Degree

Since the dawn of time, parents and their children have rarely been on the same page when it comes to choosing a career path to follow. As recently highlighted in an article published by the Sydney Morning Herald, parents are increasingly hesitant when it comes to encouraging their children to pick up trades. Instead, increasing […]

HIA-Stratco South Australia Awards Apprentice Bricklayer 2017

Big congratulations to Haydon Ashby, of Semaphore South, South Australia, for being awarded Apprentice Bricklayer of the Year 2017 in the HIA-Stratco state annual Apprentice & Trade Contractor Awards, held recently in Adelaide. Haydon is now in his third year, employed by HIA under a Group Training Organisation (GTO) arrangement where his host employer is […]

115 Year Old WA Brick Plant Celebrates Renewal

One of WA’s long history of brick kilns, heritage listed Maylands Brickworks.

Built in 1903 and closed in 2012 due to a slump in demand for bricks, the Cardup brickwork plant has now had a major capital injection by current owners Austral Bricks ($26 million). In 2018 the kiln is again making high quality product for the construction industry with an even broader range than previously available.

New, Free Mentoring Support to Aid Apprenticeship Completions

Good news for bricklaying apprentices and their employers with the announcement by the Federal Government of financial support to address the real need for mentoring apprentices during the crucial first two years of training. In WA, Skill Hire is offering this program and specific providers have been appointed for other States.