Polytechnic West and ABBTF Partner in Pathway Program
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group imageABBTF and Polytechnic West (PWT) have again partnered to introduce bricklaying as a career, this time through the Construction Pathway Program conducted through Polytechnic West.

The project involved secondary school students from Darling Range Senior High School who last week completed a community project at Castledare Miniature Railway (a non-profit organisation). It encompassed bricklaying, paving and general site works. The training was quite extensive and therefore was conducted for two days a week, over three weeks.

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Kate Sorenson the VET coordinator at Darling Range (Forrestfield) Sports College, kindly drove the boys by bus to the Castledare Railway every day. She was also was active in laying the odd brick or two – many thanks Kate.

As pictured, the boys were rewarded for their efforts with a sausage sizzle provided by ABBTF and they couldn’t leave without a train ride of course!

Ian Fitzgerald our ABBTF placement officer and local bricklayer employer, Greg James were also on hand on the last day to assist in placing the students into apprenticeships and further work experience opportunities.

This is the second project that has been successfully completed with the assistance of Polytechnic West and the ABBTF at this venue.

Castledare Miniature Railway is situated in the idyllic surroundings of the Canning Regional Park in Wilson. It is open to the public on the first Sunday of every month.


Dean Pearson
ABBTF WA Manager

2 Responses to “Polytechnic West and ABBTF Partner in Pathway Program”

  1. billie

    to whom it may concern,
    i went to skills west on the 12 of August and i was learning how to brick lay by this male instructor in an orange shirt. i just wanted to say thank you for teaching my friends and i, a little bit more this chosen career path and what skills are involved in becoming a brick layer in our futures. he was very informative towards our questions that he was answering and we are very great full for what he taught us during our visit there.
    thank you lots and hopefully see in our future.

    • BAB

      Hi Rob, Long time since we’ve spoken. Myself and my field rep visit the regions a few times a year and run initiatives plus advertising to recruit people into the trade. We don’t have your current details on our database so let me know your email and address and I’ll give you an update for your area. Good to hear from you.
      Jane Alexander, Victorian Manager ABBTF, jane.alexander@abbtf.com.au


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