Qld Bricklaying Apprentices – Plan ahead for your Licence

Tony Bishop, ABBTF

Any apprentice brick and blocklayer in Queensland knows that when you decide to start sub-contracting in your own right, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) requires under the law that you be licenced to perform your trade. Following your 4 year Apprenticeship you are legally able to become a sub-contractor and given the work opportunities available, you just may want to commence your own business, soon after qualification. It’s therefore a wise move to start preparations early.


Overdue but Appreciated: Apprentice Training Support Rise

Before July 1 this year, a NSW apprentice needing to travel more than 120 km a day for training received a $28 p/night accommodation subsidy and a 12c p/km fuel subsidy. This was the prospect facing any young country-based aspiring apprentice unable to access training inside 120km of his or her home.

Well, I’m delighted to be blogging the recent decision of the NSW Department of Industry to double the accommodation allowance – last revised 9 years ago – and the decision to nearly triple the fuel allowance, which hadn’t changed in 15 years! NSW Deputy Premier Troy Grant said this would particularly benefit regional NSW where trainees and apprentices face long travel distances


An Impressive Attitude and Attendance Rate Gets Our Vote

Become a Bricklayer

ABBTF annually receives thousands of expressions of interest and applications to start a bricklaying apprenticeship. The variety of people and range of abilities is immense. However, we find that the two qualities that stand out with successful candidates are a good attitude and the attendance rate.

Your Attitude speaks heaps about you: It’s often clear as early as in the initial phone call, or in the quality of the application, the face-to-face experience or commitment to the training to be done, or the job itself.


Schools Out…Another Door Opens if you Missed a Uni Offer

Become a Bricklayer First Brick Construction

Many young Australian’s will know by now if they were accepted into the University course of their choice based on their ATAR score.

Congratulations to the successful applicants, however, there is a silver lining to the perceived cloud covering the unsuccessful young people.

We have seen over many years that another door opens to create pathways to great careers for these people. An example is in construction and often the journey starts with an apprenticeship in bricklaying.


Wait no longer! WA Regional WorldSkills Results are in!

The long awaited WA 2015 Regional WorldSkills Bricklaying competition results are in. Congratulations to the medal winners and all bricklaying apprentices (and recently qualified) who took the challenge and participated in our major apprenticeship competition.

Medallists in each of the three categories are …………


ABBTF Try-a-Trade Draws a Crowd at the 2015 Exhibit Careers Expo in Perth

This weekend the Perth Convention Centre hosted the 2015 Exhibit Careers Expo.

More than 10,000 students, parents and the general public visited the venue to get careers and training advice from industry experts such as the ABBTF.

This year ABBTF expanded our presence to incorporate a WorldSkills Australia demonstration, in the form of a VETis project.


WorldSkills Bricklaying Champion Sam Spong, Trains with the Danes

While most other people were celebrating the incoming New Year, Sam Spong was on a plane on his way to Denmark to train in a bricklaying school there and compete as a guest at that country’s national competition. Sam is Australia’s current WorldSkills Bricklaying champion, having won the National apprenticeship title last year. Sam, from New Berrima, NSW qualified as a Bricklayer last year.

Despite the many differences in our industries, Australia and Denmark have a great rapport and Denmark has built a strong reputation on the back of consistent medals in three of the last four WorldSkills International competitions.


Benchmark for Bricklayer Contracting in WA – A Builders Perspective

Ray has won several building industry awards in recent years as well as the highly respected MBA/Midland Brick “Ric New Rising Star Award” back in 2009 and has also been nominated this year for the best new builder. Thanks for the sound advice Ray:


Tassie Students Take a Week Out to Try Bricklaying

Latrobe High School is one of many Tasmanian schools that take advantage of the Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation’s ‘Step Out in Bricks’ Program. It introduces students in years 9 and 10 to bricklaying as a trade.


New ABBTF Incentive Means a Rethink on Adult Apprentices

Good news for both employers and job seekers 21 to 24 years. ABBTF is introducing a new incentive to support bricklayer employers signing on an apprentice bricklayer aged between 21 and 24. The support provides $2,000 to be paid to the employer on the completion of first year. This payment is in addition to the ABBTF Brickstart subsidy of $3,000, the Federal Government’s support of $4,000 and support from Construction Industry Training Funds in some States.


Interested in trying Bricklaying? Then please contact us on 1300 66 44 96