Why Bricklaying?

Bricklaying helps 457 Visa Holders start a new life

Bricklaying helps 457 Visa Holders

ABBTF and Pivotal Labour Hire & Training have joined forces to provide bricklayer recognition qualifications and awareness training for ten Zimbabwean 457 Visa Bricklayers helping them establish a new life in Sydney. Work has been organized for the group and they start later this week. Each member of the group is on a two-year work Visa with the opportunity to achieve permanent residency on completion.


An Impressive Attitude and Attendance Rate Gets Our Vote

ABBTF annually receives thousands of expressions of interest and applications to start a bricklaying apprenticeship. The variety of people and range of abilities is immense. However, we find that the two qualities that stand out with successful candidates are a good attitude and the attendance rate.

Your Attitude speaks heaps about you: It’s often clear as early as in the initial phone call, or in the quality of the application, the face-to-face experience or commitment to the training to be done, or the job itself.


Lithgow’s Construction Class Learn from the Best

Lithgow High School’s senior construction class was recently given the opportunity to visit the bricklaying facility at Bathurst TAFE. Lithgow’s VET teacher Wayne Morris brought the students Bathurst to experience the practical skills necessary to achieve part of the course competencies in bricklaying and to benefit from exposure to one of our trade’s best trainers.

At TAFE, under the expert guidance of Bathurst TAFE teacher Peter Moore, the Year 12 students were able to practice some of the basic skills and also learn about the career opportunities available in the bricklaying trades.


Origins of Bricklaying Apprenticeship Training in WA “Truth, Beauty and Utility”

It is an ongoing task of this office to promote the virtues and benefits of bricklaying apprenticeship training to prospective newcomers and the industry at large.

However we have rarely examined or reflected on the history of apprenticeship training in WA and how it became the adopted system for training future bricklaying trades.

In order to appreciate the growth of the apprenticeship system, one must visualise the situation in colonial Western Australia over 165 years ago.


Career choice decisions around the kitchen table

At this time of year a lot of discussions around the kitchen table are about ‘What happens now that school has finished?’ Some students as young as at Year 10 level decide schools no longer for them, and many Year 11 and 12 students move out of the secondary system, often uncertain about their next step to joining the workforce and setting out on a career.

Research tells us that over half our apprentices come into bricklaying on the advice of someone close to them, family or friends or through knowing a bricklayer. These recommendations come from people who care and have the best interests of the apprentice at heart.


Interested in trying Bricklaying? Then please contact us on 1300 30 44 77