Ian Fitzgerald


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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Raising the Bar through Discussions on Product Knowledge and Standards

Ian Fitzgerald

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.

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What do Cannington, Duncraig and Perth have in common?

Become a Bricklayer

Career Expos which feature bricklaying’s highly regarded “Try a Trade” hands on experience are coming to town at schools in Cannington and Duncraig and to the Perth Convention Centre over the next while. These are opportunities not to be missed. Ongoing feedback tells us we have the best exhibition on offer to learn and try out a trade with the prospect of undertaking a Bricklaying Apprenticeship.

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260 New Bricklaying Apprentices in WA in Two Years!

In times of significant growth in residential building activity, as in Perth recently, keeping up supply of the trades, especially bricklaying is challenging. The demand for bricklayers has been very high and as a result so is the need for additional bricklaying apprentices.

As shown in the statistics, ABBTF has delivered on the challenge: As of June this year, commencements of new bricklaying apprenticeships have increased by 54%, compared to June 2013 (367 vs 239). Compared to June 2012, which was a very difficult year for our trade and industry, 2014 apprenticeship starts actually increased by a whopping 243% (367 vs 107). That’s an additional 260 new pairs of hands on tools and bricks in the last 2 years!

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Brickwork Renovation Skills in Venice Remind me of Home

Whilst on holiday recently in Europe, I was in awe of the bricklaying skills that were used in buildings in its cities and towns.

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Blending the Brickwork is Your Responsibility – Be Proud of it!

If you wish brickwork and in particular face brickwork to remain a major part of the construction industry in the future, you need to take the responsibility for it.

Ignoring your responsibility for quality blending puts the future of bricks at risk of being rendered useless.

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