One of the toughest challenges for young apprentices is when they see unqualified labourers on job sites being paid more than apprentices. This is because the lower wages paid to an apprentice are supposed to compensate for the cost of their training and education.
When times are good, it becomes even more frustrating for apprentices as many unqualified workers enter the market. Read more >>
We’re a trades training organisation that is constantly being asked about the best way to find out about becoming a bricklayer and we believe we have the answer.
We always recommend a 10-12 week pre-apprenticeship course. It gives you a great idea as to what to expect in the trade. Read more >>
I visited Queensland’s new ‘state-of-the-art’ SkillsTech Trade Training Centre recently at Arcadia Ridge in Brisbane with Tony Bishop, ABBTF’s Queensland State Manager.
Tony took the opportunity to show the Become a Bricklayer DVD to a group of Stage 2 apprentices who were in for their bricklayer training. The apprentices said the DVD was spot on and they could see themselves being part of the industry and feeling pretty good about becoming a bricklayer. Read more >>
Had a call from Debbie Barratt in Hobart this week. She’s justifiably proud of her sons’ Luke and Matt and the apprentices working for their family bricklaying company, who were competing in the Tasmanian Regional World Skills.
Bricklaying Competition. The Barratt boys and apprentices made up seven out of the eight competitors! Read more >>
It was all there at the Skills West Expo August 19 to 20, as bricklaying apprentices from around the state battled it out in the regional bricklaying World Skills competition at the Perth Convention Centre.
Some 20,000 people visited the expo to see WA’s best of the best fight it out in this prestigious international competition. Read more >>