Tony Bishop

Guide for using Scaffolding in Bricklaying

Become a Bricklayer - Guide for using Scaffold

Appearing on the Masonry Contractor Australia (MCA) website this month is a comprehensive guide to everything associated with the use of Scaffolding by brick and blocklayers.


Thinking about next year? NOW is the time to explore bricklaying.

Apprentice bricklayer

As 2017 is quickly disappearing many students and their parents are still unsure about what the various tertiary studies offer in terms of career choices, which ones ‘open doors’ to further advancement, satisfaction levels and what the relative rewards and job opportunities exist upon completion.


Musculoskeletal Injuries in Construction are on the Up

Musculoskeletal Injuries in Construction

WorkCover Queensland is advising employers in the construction industry to focus on injury prevention as the industry gears up to take an anticipated end of year 2017 spike in workers’ compensation claims. Kylie Walsh, Customer Experience Manager at WorkCover says data for Construction shows that claims in November 2016 were 33% higher than the number of claims made in November 2015.


SE Qld added to State’s ‘Back to Work’ is good for Bricklayer training.

$20,00 Youth Boost

Excellent news for Southeast Queensland brick and blocklayers wanting to take on a new apprentice, with the State Government now including this Region in its valuable ‘Back to Work’ Package, effective July 1 this year.


Qld Bricklaying Apprentices – Plan ahead for your Licence

Tony Bishop, ABBTF

Any apprentice brick and blocklayer in Queensland knows that when you decide to start sub-contracting in your own right, the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC) requires under the law that you be licenced to perform your trade. Following your 4 year Apprenticeship you are legally able to become a sub-contractor and given the work opportunities available, you just may want to commence your own business, soon after qualification. It’s therefore a wise move to start preparations early.


An unexpected trip to Parliament for Awarded Bricklayer

Queensland Overseas Foundation

On Friday March 3, young Bricklaying tradesman Adrian Clark joined the list of young Qld bricklayers taking on the world – this time, as a recipient of one of just three overseas training scholarships awarded by the Queensland Overseas Foundation (QOF) for 2017.


Major regional Qld subsidy makes good business sense for Bricklayers

QLD Apprentice Incentives

All regional Qld bricklayers considering putting on an apprentice bricklayer should consider, if they haven’t yet, this significant $20,000 Back to Work “Youth Boost” incentive, running between December and the end of February 2017.


Masonry Madness is on again in the USA

Become a Bricklayer

I’m currently in Las Vegas, USA, representing ABBTF attending the biggest annual event in bricklaying on the planet and thrilled to be again judging the apprentices competition. Dubbed ‘Masonry Madness’, for good reason, the full program is a collection of the most exciting masonry competitions in the world – all set for Wednesday January 18 (US time).


Great Bricklaying Apprenticeship Numbers Coming Out of Queensland

Become a Bricklayer

You might have noticed in our Brickies Blog or in the ABBTF 2015-16 Annual Report that the number of bricklaying apprentices was at a 5 year high this year.

The data is showing us that sign ups in the first half of calendar 2016-17 have nearly equalled the whole of 2015-16 and given that year was significantly up on the previous year (+34%) the number of apprentices in Qld is looking healthy.


ABBTF and MCA Road Shows in Nth Qld

Become a Bricklayer

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.


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