For the second time in succession Nikolas Foster, Apprentice Bricklayer with ABN Training, has won the Gold Medal at his Regional WorldSkills Australia Competition, in South West WA. SW-WA’s event was the second round of Regional WA comps, with the other two WA Regions completed last month.Read more >>
Results from Perth’s North and South Metropolitan regions which are competing in Bricklaying in Regional WorldSkills Australia, are now available with South West’s competition taking place at Bunbury TAFE on 14 Sept. The standard this year has so far been very good demonstrating once again that we have an excellent talent pool of young Bricklayer apprentices in training in WA.Read more >>
Some encouraging employment growth prospects have emerged for WA in recent months with the latest ABS unemployment figures for this State showing a fall to 5.5% in May. After NSW, WA now has the second lowest unemployment rate around the country – with NSW at 4.8%. Good news …Read more >>
We have come to the end of an era for the ABBTF in WA with the last working day for Ian Fitzgerald, trainer, mentor, industry leader, gentleman and friend. Ian first started with the ABBTF in 2010 though he’s been making an impact on young people’s lives for much longer than that.Read more >>
It’s that time of year again when bricklaying apprentices keen to challenge themselves, step up to the plate and get their entry in for the Regional WorldSkills Australia competition. Whether you’re in your first or last year of the apprenticeship, or anywhere in between, here’s your opportunity to test your skills for your own sake and against bricklaying apprentice competitors in the trade.Read more >>
Congratulations go to ABBTF’s WA State Manager who was last week presented with the Community Junior Cricket Coach of the Year Award 2016-17 for the Greater Perth metro region. Dean Pearson was selected from a field of 7 nominations representing 30+ junior squads that make up the Community Junior Cricket Council competition. The junior teams play a mix of 54 overs and Twenty20 cricket and 11 of Dean’s squad of 14 also play District Cricket, so it’s fair to say they’re an enthusiastic lot – playing all weekend.Read more >>
As we all know WA is currently experiencing a period of economic slowdown. As a result, some employers and hosts are not in a position to offer a 3 or 4 year apprenticeship term until the market changes. However, one option in WA, especially useful for Bricklaying, is to look at taking on a “Trainee” through a reputable Group Training Organisation (GTO) such as Skill Hire, which has embarked on enhancing this option in recent times.
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.
Trystan Sammut’s work projects form part of his training for Abu Dhabi. Bricklaying is in preparation for the International WorldSkills Competition in Abu Dhabi on 14 to 19 October this year. Young bricklaying apprentice and Skillaroo in the making Trystan Sammut, from Ballarat Victoria will enhance his skills aiming to achieve excellence at the world […]Read more >>
For some time in WA ABBTF has been running an ‘ABBTF Supervisors Course’ for building supervisors responsible for overseeing contractor Bricklayers and other trades on building sites.
It’s a good time for this in WA where building starts have slowed and there is less demand for new apprentices, the core Purpose at ABBTF.Read more >>