Host Bricklayer and his Apprentice are an Award-winning team.
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Jay Davis receiving HIA Apprentice awardHost bricklaying trainer Noel Green and his apprentice Jay Davis must be quite a team having both scored Awards at the the 2017 HIA WA Apprentice-of-the-Year awards ceremony in July in Perth.   Noel, of Noel Green Bricklaying was presented with the Host Trainer Award, and Jay his apprentice, won overall Third-Year Apprentice-of-the-Year plus Best Third-Year bricklaying apprentice.

They are testament to the importance of a strong relationship between trainer and apprentice in the development of a highly skilled bricklayer.  Well done to you both!  Noel is a valued host trainer for Gemmill Homes and has been training apprentices for many years along with managing a team of his own skilled bricklayers.

A host employer is a tradesman who provides actual onsite training and as such pays the Group Training Company a fee for the time that the apprentice spends on site.  There are many advantages to this arrangement that in no way diminish the role or value that the skilled bricklayer brings to training his or her apprentice.  If you want to know more, contact ABBTF on 1300 66 44 96.

For example, some tradespeople want apprentices but do not want the responsibility of accruing or paying holiday pay, sick leave and superannuation or training costs as such.  Some do not want the direct responsibility of overseeing the offsite training component and coordination of their apprentices to attend a local Training Provider.  And some tradespeople are concerned that they may not have long term work and cannot sustain an apprentice for three to four years.

Bricklaying’s Alan Ramsden, WorldSkills National Silver Medal winner, was also winner of the HIA WA Apprentice-of-Year-Award in 2014.  He was also WorldSkills International contender and recipient of the Medallion for Excellence in Leipzig, Germany in 2013 at the age of just 18.

HIA WA executive director John Gelavis said of the Awards “The HIA WA Apprentice Awards highlight the importance of investing time into training the next generation of tradespeople who will build the new homes we live in in the future.”

Dean Pearson
ABBTF Manager WA

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