Dean Pearson


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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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.

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New, Free Mentoring Support to Aid Apprenticeship Completions

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Good news for bricklaying apprentices and their employers with the announcement by the Federal Government of financial support to address the real need for mentoring apprentices during the crucial first two years of training. In WA, Skill Hire is offering this program and specific providers have been appointed for other States.

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2016 Sth West-WA Champ earns Gold again in Regional Competition

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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.

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Winners-a-Plenty at WA Regional WorldSkills Australia Comps

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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.

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Is the Road to Construction Recovery Beginning in WA?

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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 …

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Ian Fitzgerald: First Rate Trainer and Gentleman Retires from ABBTF WA

Ian Fitzgerald

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.

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Give WorldSkills a Crack. There’s Everything to Win and Nothing to Lose

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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.

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Dean Pearson Wins Community Junior Cricket WA Coaching award

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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.

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Engagement options in slow times

ABBTF Calls on WA Builder Support

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.

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