We hear often about the challenge and the wins in addressing the bricklayer skill shortage in Sydney, but valuable support from regional brick manufacturers such as Namoi Valley (NV) Bricks often goes unnoticed.
NV Bricks at Gunnedah is constantly on the lookout for young talented people to start an apprenticeship with local tradesmen and is a great advocate for ABBTF’s program to increase the number of bricklaying apprentices entering our trade.
In fact NV Bricks have themselves employed apprentice bricklayers in the past to train in the brick manufacturing plant on the down draft kilns.
Their championing of a well-qualified bricklaying trade is vitally important following the end of bricklayer training at Tamworth, with apprentices now continuing their training at Coffs Harbour and Newcastle.
These local apprentices from the New England District are financially compensated for travel and accommodation on the coast by the ABBTF Regional Travel Support (ARTS) of up to $2,000.
A demonstration of the generous backing which NV Bricks provides was their offer to supply a short run of specially made pressed bricks for Sam Spong to train and prepare for the recent International WorldSkills competition in Brazil. The competition bricks were the size used in Brazil and as you know by now, Sam won a Bronze Medal at the event against the world’s most prepared and skilled contenders. We’re very sure that training with the Brazil-sized brick helped get the result.
NV Bricks produce Dry Pressed bricks and specialty shapes which are known for their quality and are a product of choice by TAFE colleges for bricklayer training.
ABBTF and the industry are most appreciative of Michael Broekman Managing Director of NV Bricks for his constant support for apprentice training and employment. Thanks Michael.