NEWS: ACT – August – 2012

The Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation’s archive for all newsletters posted in regard to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in August 2012.

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Bricklaying at CareersXpo

Mornington_2012-08-15_10_landing_pageBricklaying was on show at the annual Canberra Careers Xpo at Exhibition Park earlier this month.

More than 7,500 school students from 48 secondary schools, along with parents and the community attended to gain important information on a range of career options.

The ABBTF stand was prominent and included a Try-a-Trade to give students a hands-on opportunity to lay a few bricks.  There was also plenty of information on bricklaying apprenticeships and how it opens doors to many careers in the construction industry.

The event is also an opportunity for employers to see the promotion of bricklaying and the potential to sign on a new apprentice in the near future.

A good number of students requested bricklaying work experience opportunities.  The event was held over two days and was available to parents with a later finish on the first day.

Bricklaying Apprentice James Hill Tops ACT’s Indigenous Apprentice Award for 2012

Last week at the 2012 Capital Training Institute & CITC Graduating Apprentice awards night, third year bricklaying apprentice James Hill won the ACT’s Indigenous Apprentice Award for all construction trades.

James trains at RTO Australian Vocational Training Academy Pty Ltd under the guidance of popular teacher Lynne Sheffield who nominated him for this important award.

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Jamie Gianchou Rounds Out a First Class Bricklaying Qualification at the Apprenticeships Award Night


Winning the Bricklaying Apprenticeship Award in the Territory, just once is special, but winning it every year in the course at MBA Canberra is something else.

Jamie Gianchou has achieved this outstanding record and won the MBA Apprentice of the Year in ACT 2012 (all trades) for his 3rd and final year of the bricklaying apprenticeship completed 2011, plus he is representing the ACT in the upcoming National WorldSkills title in Sydney, commencing Thursday 30 August.

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There’s something very special happening in the ACT

Female BricklayerWhen a woman of 45 with a teenage family decides to take on a bricklaying apprenticeship, she’s doing much more than stirring the pot by entering a trade dominated by males.

When Susie Walsh decided to take on a bricklaying apprenticeship in her husband’s bricklaying business she did it because she was keen to learn and be part of the business – and why not?  She had the confidence and courage to know that her maturity could be a plus – it would direct how she learned her skills – intelligently – to maximise her capability with a shovel and a trowel.

She had the patience to know that she would gradually build her strength through repetition, progressively increasing the demands on her body.  Now in her second year she’s feeling very fit and able to do about 70% of the physical onsite work. Her experience alone is remarkable enough, but what is even more interesting is how it impacts on other students.

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