International WorldSkills Competition – Kazan, Russia 2019 – Wrap Up

International WorldSkills Competition – Kazan, Russia 2019 – Wrap Up A team of apprentices and trainees from across Australia (NSW, Victoria and Queensland) took on the world’s best in Russia. Images Courtesy: WorldSkills Australia 15 competitors from Australia went to Russia for the WorldSkills International competition in August, including Paul Coon who won Gold at […]


115 Year Old WA Brick Plant Celebrates Renewal

One of WA’s long history of brick kilns, heritage listed Maylands Brickworks.

Built in 1903 and closed in 2012 due to a slump in demand for bricks, the Cardup brickwork plant has now had a major capital injection by current owners Austral Bricks ($26 million). In 2018 the kiln is again making high quality product for the construction industry with an even broader range than previously available.


Be Quick! Another chance in WA to Try-out for Bricklayer Training

Due to the outstanding success of the recent “Brick & Blocklaying Apprenticeship Ready Course” held at SMTAFE Thornlie recently, the Australian Brick and Blocking Training Foundation (ABBTF) in WA is planning to repeat the course at the same location in the week of Monday April 9.


MCA Announces CTR Pacific as overall Contractor of the Year 2017

Contractor of the Year 2017 CTR Pacific

Recently I reported on the announcement of awards for the NSW TAFE Bricklaying Apprentices of the Year, made on November 3 at the Masonry Contractors Australia (MCA) Annual Awards for Brick and Blocklaying Excellence.


Respected Bricklayer Throws in the Trowel to Go Fishing

Become a Bricklayer - Go Fishing

After a bricklaying career of an amazing 64 years Dante Gaspari is throwing in the trowel to go fishing. But in taking his well-deserved retirement, he can say in his time he’s built everything from embassies, to houses and schools to pizza ovens.


Gordon TAFE and MBAV go the extra mile to introduce the Trades to students

Gordon TAFE and MBAV introduce the Trades to students

Master Builders Association Victoria (MBAV), in conjunction with The Gordon TAFE, in Geelong have together come up with an exceptionally effective orientation tool to introduce the trades to secondary students, years 9 to 12. This is the newest of many ways for student’s considering their career options to get up close and Try-Our Trade.


Bathurst Team Wins Golden Trowel Brick and Block Event

Golden Trowel Award 2017 Logo

Last week there was another big competition happening in the Australian Brick and Blocklaying apprenticeship world with the 13th biennial Golden Trowel competition held from 15–17 October at TAFE NSW Nirimba in Western Sydney. For the fourth time in the life of the eleven year event, the winning team was Bathurst.


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

NRL Logo

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.


Bricklaying helps 457 Visa Holders start a new life

Bricklaying helps 457 Visa Holders

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.


Beware of the Wind on Brick Walls

Safety First

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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