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WA wins Gold in Sydney

Recently at the WorldSkills Competition in Sydney, Nik Foster of ABN Training has taken out the gold for his efforts in Bricklaying. Nik has become the first winner from Western Australia! In the words of our WA State Manager, Dean Pearson “Nik will certainly have a very bright future in the bricklaying industry and today […]

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ABBTF Co-Founder Recognised by HIA for Outstanding Industry work

Congratulations to building industry veteran and philanthropist, Lindsay Partridge AM. Lindsay has been recognised at the industries night of nights, receiving the HIA Sir Phillip Lynch award. Presented at the 2018 HIA CSR Australian Housing Awards in Singapore, the award recognises those who have made outstanding contributions to the HIA as well as to the building industry in […]

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Fifth Generation Namoi Valley Bricklaying Team on Show to the Nation

Namoi Valley Bricks Logo

Namoi Valley Bricks and its unique coal fired down-draft kilns were recently featured in Channel 7’s Better Homes and Garden’s television series when Australia’s largest agricultural equipment field day event, AgQuip, came to Gunnedah, in NE NSW. Namoi Valley Bricks is one of the nine brick manufacturer brand names that form the Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF), financially supporting bricklaying apprenticeships in Australia.

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3.3% Minimum Wage Rise Effective July 2017

Minimum National Wage

The Fair Work Commission has released its annual review of the Minimum National Wage with a flow-on to the pay rate for apprentices, effective from the first pay period in July 2017. The increase is 3.3% across the board for all Year levels of apprentice bricklayer and represents a lift in weekly rates by $22.20 on the minimum wage.

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