There is regular debate on the value of bricklayer training conducted on the job site versus that conducted off-site, at a TAFE/RTO training centre. The answer is that both are very valuable – ABBTF’s view is that a blended model combining on and offsite experience gives the best results and the contributions are very different in nature.
You might be surprised to know that some Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) deliver up to 100% of bricklayer training on-site. But to be successful, it relies heavily on the contractor having both the skills and time to train the apprentice in circumstances where the commercial pressures of getting enough bricks laid often impacts on the quality of training. Read more >>
With the New Year well underway, it’s timely to remind contractors and builders in NSW that a key role of ABBTF is to help you find apprentices for your business. Read more >>
Rate Your Training is an online tool for employers to rate and compare the performance of Registered Training Organisations which includes TAFE’s and private RTO’s in areas such as Building & Construction – Bricklaying, plus other areas of study. Read more >>
Have you ever been delayed in receiving your apprentice subsidies? This could be the reason. ABBTF Brickstart Subsidy entitlements rely heavily on TAFE’s and other RTO’s confirming that the apprentice is making satisfactory progress with their training. Read more >>
Apprentice blocklayers from around the country are in the final stages of their preparation to compete at the Golden Trowel competition event at Coffs Harbour TAFE September 1st to 3rd at the Bricklaying Section in Glenreagh Street. Read more >>
There were all smiles at the Bricklaying exhibit area of the Kwinana Jobs and Skills Expo in WA on Wednesday this week when the Prime Minister and a large contingent dropped by for a chat and to try laying bricks. Julia Gillard shook hands and took some bricklaying advice from young pre-apprentice, Wayde Brown, one […] Read more >>
I started my apprenticeship when I was 18. In hindsight a little later than I would’ve liked, but it probably worked out well, reinforcing that bricklaying was something I really wanted to do…and not just a cop out of school.
Bricklaying wasn’t a desirable trade to the majority at the time, and that was something that appealed to me. People shied away from the “dirty, hard work” image the trade has, and would rather be a sparky or a chippy, and doing something different as well as something that people knew was tough going was rewarding. Read more >>
We are getting feedback from industry on the benefits of training off the job.
We have seen a more flexible approach to training in recent years with a better blend of on-site and off-site training and assessment. This has been welcomed as skills gained in a building and construction environment can be recognised by assessors on-site and therefore reduce the time an apprentice spends off the job. Read more >>