Winners-a-Plenty at WA Regional WorldSkills Australia Comps

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Results from Perth’s North and South Metropolitan regions which are competing in Bricklaying in Regional WorldSkills Australia, are now available with South West’s competition taking place at Bunbury TAFE on 14 Sept. The standard this year has so far been very good demonstrating once again that we have an excellent talent pool of young Bricklayer apprentices in training in WA.

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Karate and Bricklaying are Natural Partners

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Noel Peters of Sandy Bay, Tasmania has been a bricklayer who has practised Karate for forty years. He is now the highest ranked Tasmanian in IGK Karate, a ‘Kyoshi’. He told Melanie Tait of ABC Radio that he came to karate originally to learn how to fight, but forty years on it’s become an integral part of his Zen lifestyle, bleeding into all parts of his life.

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Trade Apprenticeship Pay Rates put you $110,000+ ahead of Uni Grads after Year 3 of Study

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Did you know that choosing a bricklaying apprenticeship will put you financially ahead of a 3 Year Bachelor’s Degree by about $110,000 by your 3rd year? You will have earned a training wage while you learned a craft-based skill, plus your training fees are reimbursed by your employer and your tool costs are relatively minimal.

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Bricklaying became Fili Havea’s Second ‘Plan A’ as an NRL Recruit

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NRL News reported this month on a new development in its scheme to support NRL players with genuine career options after football. Eden Brae Homes, already a strong advocate of continued learning and development for its team through its Pathways Program”, has now become a driving force in making the project of the NRL come to life.

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New Rights & Obligations Guides for Employers and Apprentices

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Two new Guides just released by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) are essential reading for the employer with an apprentice or considering taking one on and the second guide, for all apprentices to understand their rights and obligations. They’re available online at:

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Bricklaying helps 457 Visa Holders start a new life

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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.

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Beware of the Wind on Brick Walls

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Tragically last week another death occurred in Sydney with a brick wall collapse, involving strong wind and a second serious accident occurred about 20 km from the first, also related to the weather. It was July last year when again strong winds were involved in the death of another bricklayer. Around the country we always have the potential for severe and erratic weather patterns which can be a real danger to bricklayers and other workers on building sites.

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Is the Road to Construction Recovery Beginning in WA?

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Some encouraging employment growth prospects have emerged for WA in recent months with the latest ABS unemployment figures for this State showing a fall to 5.5% in May. After NSW, WA now has the second lowest unemployment rate around the country – with NSW at 4.8%. Good news …

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Host Bricklayer and his Apprentice are an Award-winning team.

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Host 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.

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Ian Fitzgerald: First Rate Trainer and Gentleman Retires from ABBTF WA

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We have come to the end of an era for the ABBTF in WA with the last working day for Ian Fitzgerald, trainer, mentor, industry leader, gentleman and friend. Ian first started with the ABBTF in 2010 though he’s been making an impact on young people’s lives for much longer than that.

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