Media News & Interest


Launched: Career Pathways Website

We’ve just launched our brand new Career Pathways website. Our new hub for showcasing bricklaying as a trade and the potential opportunities that it comes with.

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Bricklayers still desperately in Demand – HIA September Quarter Trades Report

In the HIA’S Quarterly Trades Report, we weren’t too surprised that in the majority of capital cities Bricklaying is still the most in-demand trade

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Tasmania’s First Female Bricklayer joins the Family

Chelsea Whelan has decided to take after her father and grandfather and become a bricklaying, becoming the first woman in Tasmania to take on a bricklaying apprenticeship.

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From Classroom to Construction Site – Geelong Secondary Schools Construction Site Tour

High School students from Geelong were fortunate enough to participate in a construction site tour outside of the coastal town, hit the link to read more about the successful day.

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New South Wales to Focus on Apprenticeship Opportunities

A recent report by the New South Wales government has shed light on changes to NSW Fee-Free Apprenticeships to be implemented from July 1st 2018, which will make all TAFE courses fee-free in NSW.

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WA Skill Shortage during Apprenticeships

Currently, WA tradies are warning the industry of a skill shortage during apprenticeships. Highlighted by Perth Now in a recent article, apprentices are hurtling towards and all time low.

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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

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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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New Rights & Obligations Guides for Employers and Apprentices

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Two new Guides just released by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) are essential reading for the employer with an apprentice or considering taking one on and the second guide, for all apprentices to understand their rights and obligations. They’re available online at:

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