Some very good news – the latest bricklaying apprentice numbers in New South Wales have hit a 12 year high in total numbers of apprentices in training and our estimates to date for 2016 suggest continued growth in annual commencements.
In the year to December 2015 apprentice commencements were 327 compared with 221 for the year to December 2014, a 48% increase. Read more >>
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!” Read more >>
If you have an apprentice bricklayer in your team, we say you’ve got someone pretty special and we want to see him complete his time and become a highly skilled, qualified tradesman.
You don’t need a Diploma in Human Resources to know that it is damn hard at the moment to attract young people into an apprenticeship in our colourful trade of bricklaying but we’re not alone. Motor trades, hairdressing and butchery trades, for example, have their own challenges. I believe a key reason is the breadth of choices on offer to today’s school leavers – it’s immense! It seems there’s a new training organisation opening every day offering kids a bright imaginable future if they just give them their time and lots of money – even if there’s really no job at the end! Read more >>
The Masonry Contractors Association of NSW & ACT (MCA) 16th Annual Awards for Brick and Blocklaying excellence took place on Friday, November 7. Once again, the stars of the night were the combined works of the 46 entries submitted over seven categories!
The Awards night was held at Dockside in Cockle Bay and was attended by 250 industry guests. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Geoff Noble, CEO of the Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF), ongoing platinum sponsors of this major even Read more >>