Jane Alexander


Brickies Can Handle the Heat

Recently we have experienced the true meaning of the term ‘Melbourne Weather’. The extreme temperatures that we have experienced randomly were made all the more uncomfortable as we went from one extreme to another to such a degree that the heat took many by surprise.

Normally this time of year we get the chance to ease into the warmer weather however many bricklayers told me they were caught out by the recent surge of heat because of all the unusual cold conditions we have been experiencing.

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ABBTF Prepares Apprentice Prospects for a Work Trial

If an aspiring apprentice asks you to give him a go in an effort to get an apprenticeship in bricklaying, give us a call. We’ll help prepare him or her by putting them through our one week Work Ready Program (WRP), which is held frequently.

The Work Ready Program has had a great amount of positive feedback from contractors. We believe a young person completing this course will be better equipped to start up as a new apprentice.

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Need Funding Support to Grow your Bricklaying Business?

Ask any tradesperson what the worst aspect of their job is and chances are its paperwork and not knowing how to use a computer.

The Industry Skills Fund is a Commonwealth Government initiative that assists business to invest in training and support services and to develop innovative training solutions. It is designed to assist companies that have identified a business growth and/or diversification opportunity, but need to upskill staff to achieve it.

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Victorian Tradie Apprentices Get Half Price Rego

Great news guys! Victoria’s Labor Government has announced a new half-price registration scheme for tradie apprentices effective from January 1, 2016, including bricklaying.

Registration renewal notices will be issued next week outlining the steps for eligible trade apprentices to take advantage of the Government’s discount for apprentices.

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How to Build the Impossible

How to Build the Impossible”, that was the theme for Austral’s Melbourne Design Studio event last Tuesday 13th August. We were there to learn more about how the Dr Chau Chak Wing (UTS) Building at the University of Technology, Sydney, was constructed.

Cathy Inglis, Austral Brick Group Technical Research & Engineering Manager gave an in depth understanding of this amazing building from its conception to its completion in November 2014.

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Vic Bricklaying Apprentices Helped with 50% Cut on Vehicle Rego Cost

Under the newly reinstated Victorian Labor Government’s $26.5 million plan, its great news that trades apprentices here will be eligible for a 50 per cent discount on annual car registration costs. For those paying standard registration for metro Melbourne, this will mean a very significant discount of $378.85 per year. “Eligible trades” to be fully funded under Labor’s plan include: bricklayers, carpenters, joiners, electricians and plumbers.

Apprentices will need to demonstrate that they are among the 15,200 apprentices in Victoria who require a car for their job. Watch out for upcoming details with Vic Roads. There is also an existing very attractive Federal Trade Support Loan available to apprentices.

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Trade Support Loans for Apprentices

The Federal Government has replaced the Tools for Your Trade Payments with the “Trade Support Loan” from 1st July 2014 for eligible apprentices doing a Cert III or Cert IV qualification on the National Skills Occupations Shortage List.

Trade Support Loans provide up to $20,000 to assist them with the costs of living and learning while undertaking an apprenticeship. A 20% discount is applied on the amount borrowed when the apprentice successfully completes their apprenticeship. Apprentices are required to repay the loans through the tax system when their repayment income meets the repayment threshold.

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Interested in trying Bricklaying? Then please contact us on 1300 30 44 77