*** Media Release ***
ABBTF is tackling the skill shortage in bricklaying and has a staggering 200 unfilled vacancies for apprentices. The pool of potential apprentices has been greatly reduced by Universities that drop their standards to boost degree enrolment numbers and revenue. This short-sighted strategy to boost numbers coincides with a major building boom and a record number of over 200,000 dwelling starts. The shortage of bricklayers and other trades is slowing construction in markets right down the eastern seaboard.
The recent news that Universities are offering places to students with significantly lower ATAR scores than are standard entry level, across a wide range of courses, is a major concern for the construction industry and specifically the bricklaying trade, where acute skill shortages are being experienced.