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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.

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A Great Time to Raise the Bar for Bricklaying in WA

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The Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation in conjunction with WA’s leading Brick Manufacturers, are currently offering a Free 2 hour Bricklaying orientation course for Supervisors.

The Building Supervisors Course has been designed to help those that are responsible for the installation of brickwork, as to “Raise the Bar” and achieve the best possible result for their clients.

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NSW Bricklaying Industry Helps Middle Eastern Refugees Start a New Life in Australia

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Key players in the bricklaying industry in NSW have recently joined forces to provide bricklayer apprenticeship training for Middle-Eastern refugees to help them start a new life in Sydney. The program is a united effort from ABBTF the bricklaying apprenticeships peak body, together with Australia’s largest brick maker Austral Bricks and Settlement Services International (SSI), a not-for-profit humanitarian organisation helping refugees resettle in Australia.

The focus of the project is ABBTF’s introductory training course in bricklaying, known as the Work Ready Program (WRP) which in this case was held at Granville TAFE in the heart of western Sydney. Importantly, by helping prospective apprentices to be ‘work-ready’ before they start the Apprenticeship, it is also helping to introduce candidates who are a good fit for bricklaying.

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Lindsay Partridge, Father of Australia’s bricklaying skills training scheme recognised in Queens Birthday Honours List

Lindsay Partridge has been named a Member of the Order of Australia in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list this week, for his visionary work in securing the future of this industry through the ongoing training of a skilled workforce in bricklaying.

His work culminated in the establishment of the Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF) which he continues to actively guide as Chairman of the Board of Directors. This national organisation has, since 2006, made possible the training of up to 2500 apprentices in Australia each year.

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