There were all smiles at the Bricklaying exhibit area of the Kwinana Jobs and Skills Expo in WA on Wednesday this week when the Prime Minister and a large contingent dropped by for a chat and to try laying bricks.
Julia Gillard shook hands and took some bricklaying advice from young pre-apprentice, Wayde Brown, one of three pre-apprentices from Challenger TAFE who were assigned to work at the exhibition for the day and create a project for display.
Craig Butler, Program Manager for Construction at Challenger has responsibility for Bricklaying, as well as other roles in Plastering and Carpentry. He said “the Expo provides the young pre-apprentices with a great opportunity to get some exposure to dealing with the public and to test their communication skills, but we never thought it would be with the Prime Minister”.
This group is only four weeks into its twenty week bricklaying pre-apprenticeship course designed to provide life skills and some basics like mortar mixing.
The students will spend three weeks with an employer as part of the course training, after which they’ll be encouraged to seek out their own employer for a bricklaying apprenticeship. ABBTF provided promotional materials on choosing bricklaying as a trade. This is one of the many events in WA where ABBTF promote bricklaying and the career opportunities that come from a qualification in the trade.
The Jobs and Skills Expos are designed to create a ‘jobs and skills marketplace’, bringing together employment services providers and training organisations, as well as Government and other agencies with employers and job seekers, all under one roof, all on one day.
ABBTF WA Manager