Work Ready Program – Gold Coast Institute of TAFE

FREE Bricklaying Work Ready Program, March 18th – 22nd, running for 5 full days, Gold Coast Institute of TAFE. Register your interest today!


Show your pride in bricklaying– it’s your turn to shine

Become a Bricklayer

ABBTF Qld is aware of so many great stories about employers and apprentices in brick and blocklaying. So now, we’re asking you to nominate contenders for this year’s award. Let’s tell the rest of the State what we know: We have some amazing employers and apprentices in brick and blocklaying!

The Queensland Training Awards is the biggest and longest running training sector awards program in the State. The Queensland Training Awards provide individuals and organisations with a unique opportunity to showcase their achievements, best practice and innovation in training.


Nice Way to Wrap Up the 2014 Year – Winners are Grinners

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
• Bricklaying Award TAFE – Skills Tech (TAFE Qld) – Cory Bolvaran
• The Skills Tech Encouragement Awards went to Mitchell Paterson and William Siut


A Bricklaying Apprentice – I Didn’t See This Coming!

When my son Charlie left school in December 2013 to become an apprentice landscaper I gave him my full support. Charlie had worked onsite with me occasionally when I was bricklaying, during school holidays to earn a little cash. He always remarked though, that he didn’t want to follow in my footsteps as a bricklayer. “I’m going to be a carpenter or landscaper where I can build with timber and use power tools” he said.


QLD Try-A-Trade Student Wins ABBTF’s 2013 Competition

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.
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.


Short Course Sorts the Contenders from the Pretenders

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.


Col’s in the pink and not dreading losing his locks!

Colourful Mackay bricklayer Col Sommerfeld has joined the ‘Tradies Go Pink 2014’ campaign for breast cancer support and research. Get involved and follow the fun on Facebook too.


For Andrew Hosking, creative brickwork is a Tool of the Trade!

After 30 years in the industry, Gympie bricklayer Andrew Hosking still enjoys his work and keeps finding new ways of being creative with bricks.


High Quality Work & Apprenticeship Training Makes Good Business Sense

John Hobson Constructions a local bricklaying crew on the north side of Brisbane is looking forward to a well-earned Christmas break after another busy year in the house building industry.


Can an apprentice have an Australian Business Number (ABN)?

The answer to this question is No. In case you’re not yet familiar with it, an ABN number is the unique number (provided by the Commonwealth Government) that allows a business to identify itself to government and other businesses.


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