ABBTF and Masonry Contractors Australia (MCA) are about to hold Roadshows in North and Central Qld next week from Monday 30 May.
These roadshows are to give the industry an insight into ABBTF and MCA. They will explain the services and benefits these Associations bring to the industry. Both ABBTF and MCA invite you to come along and join us to hear what could be very beneficial to your business. Read more >>
With the increase in building activity and the forecast of further increase in Building and Construction, ABBTF is calling on Government to fund a greater number of pre-employment courses to meet the growing needs of a booming building industry and strong demand for bricklayers.
Post-GFC and during the massive downturn in activity, the Government quite rightly reduced funding to these courses due to a lower level of vacancies. However, now is the time to get on the front foot and address the growing need for apprentices to join the bricklaying trade. Not only bricklayers, but other trades like carpenters and plumbers are also saying it’s getting harder and harder to source quality tradesmen and as a result it’s delaying build times. Read more >>
Continuing the run of success following QLD’s strong showing at the WorldSkills competition in September, ABBTF is proud to have sponsored local Bricklaying Apprentice Training Awards announced in recent weeks. The Awards and winners are:
• Bricklaying Award TAFE – Gold Coast – Daniel Hermann Read more >>
• Bricklaying Award TAFE – Skills Tech (TAFE Qld) – Cory Bolvaran
• The Skills Tech Encouragement Awards went to Mitchell Paterson and William Siut
If you are a bricklayer, out there just doing your thing, you might be wondering – So how do I find an apprentice anyway?
Well it’s as easy as calling the Australian Brick and Block Training Foundation Queensland (ABBTF) on 1300 66 44 96 or 07 3205 5559. Read more >>
Down through the ages, the passing on of trade skills in bricklaying has relied heavily on close-at-hand coaching from a master craftsman. No other trade has such a strong dependency on the relationship between trainer and apprentice, if a true craftsman is to be developed. Read more >>
The Try-A-Trade schools program run by ABBTF around the country was the trigger for Tre Lyell-Bevan entering and ultimately winning the 2013 “Shout Your Mates” national competition. Read more >>
The ‘Become a Bricklayer’ comp, pitched to students, was a game of chance – so Tre’s was the first entry drawn, nationally winning him a mighty $1000 worth of Concert and Sports event gift vouchers of his choosing for 2014. The comp helps ABBTF promote the ‘Become a Bricklayer’ website to students.
Following on from the success of the first Pre-Trade bricklaying course at the beginning of this year, ABBTF’s Queensland office has just finished its second, this time on Brisbane’s north side at Brendale. Read more >>
With the current increase in building activity in my State, Queensland and a forecasted strong eighteen months ahead, now is definitely the time to consider putting on a new apprentice bricklayer. Read more >>
Thanks to Todd Richards great win on the national stage, at the 2012 National Bricklaying WorldSkills event in Sydney, we’ve seen a strong increase in apprentices throughout Queensland keen to compete for their shot at glory. Read more >>
As the dust settles on another great WorldSkills competition, I would like to take a moment to reflect on some of the highlights that contributed to the excitement. The day before the event the group of competitors and judges came together for a familiarisation period where competitors could test the products they would be using, […] Read more >>