Students at Blayney High School are greatly increasing their chance of employment in the future by involving themselves in the ABBTF Step Out Program! One of the students quipped “Bricklaying is more fun than I expected and I can’t wait to do some more!”
As part of the Construction course a total of 13 students from Years 10, 11 and 12 gained invaluable experience over four days at the recent course. David Gill of Bricklayer Training Australia and trainer Graham Wilson put the students through their paces during an intensive bricklaying skill development course where students learned basic trowel skills, pier construction and laying to a line.
Blayney High School and its students asked me to acknowledge their thanks to Petrie’s Mitre 10 Orange which donated 6,000 bricks and materials for a planter box and the start of a wood fired pizza oven on the school grounds. In addition, it was extremely grateful for the donation of a top-of-the-range cement mixer from Steve Toshack and his team at Toshack’s Building working in the Central Tablelands of NSW. The mixer will not only be used for the bricklaying units but also for the cement projects over the coming years. We are extremely lucky to have the support of BTA, ABBTF, Petrie’s and Toshack’s as without these extremely generous donations of equipment, products and expertise we would not have been able to afford the project and the skills developed through this project.
ABBTF encouraged students to join the bricklaying trade. Many of the students discussed the pathways in to the trade with David, Graham and I, with one student gaining an apprenticeship immediately as a result and one currently on the hunt. If you’re a bricklayer in the area and considering putting on an apprentice bricklayer, give us a call on 1300 66 44 96. If you’re a student considering bricklaying, visit www.becomeabricklayer.com.au to learn all about the trade and then contact us using one of the many ways detailed at the website. You can also follow us on Facebook.
ABBTF NSW Manager