Two new Guides just released by the Fair Work Ombudsman (FWO) are essential reading for the employer with an apprentice or considering taking one on and the second guide, for all apprentices to understand their rights and obligations. They’re available online at:Read more >>
Employers would be aware that the Modern Award under which Bricklayers and Apprentices are paid is the Building and Construction Award [MA000020]. For the purpose of clarifying what is ‘fair work’, the Award defines bad weather that might result in the need for a stand down as ‘Inclement weather’. Such weather nearly always necessitates a paid stand down…Read more >>
There is regular debate on the value of bricklayer training conducted on the job site versus that conducted off-site, at a TAFE/RTO training centre. The answer is that both are very valuable – ABBTF’s view is that a blended model combining on and offsite experience gives the best results and the contributions are very different in nature.
You might be surprised to know that some Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) deliver up to 100% of bricklayer training on-site. But to be successful, it relies heavily on the contractor having both the skills and time to train the apprentice in circumstances where the commercial pressures of getting enough bricks laid often impacts on the quality of training.Read more >>
A recent decision to provide an added financial incentive for bricklaying employers to take on female apprentices has focused our minds on some of the great women currently in our trade. As a result, we’ve collected and published just a few examples that reflect the wide diversity of experience and career development existing in the current crop of women in Bricklaying.
It will surprise many readers of our Blog that there are many very successful women in the trade. Some have come through family connections, for sure, but many others have recognised an opportunity to pursue a career in construction that keeps them out of doors, committed to fitness and wellbeing, working with their hands and they cleverly recognise that it’s a trade that opens doors to much advancement.Read more >>
Training and managing a bricklaying apprentice on the job every day is not easy. The relationship between the employer and the apprentice is built through shared experiences involving trust and commitment.
A bricklayer gave me a tip recently on how to get the best out of the apprentice and build a good relationship.
Much has been written about 18 year old ABN Bricklaying apprentice Nicholas Coci’s accomplishments in 2014.
Some of these outstanding results include his impressive performance at the WorldSkills Australia national bricklaying competition this year where he was placed third and won the ABBTF “Gun Trowel” trophy, plus winning the WA ABBTF best direct indenture bricklaying apprentice and Best MBA and ABN overall apprentice for 2014 – to name but a few successes!Read more >>