NEWS: ACT – 2013

The Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation’s archive for all newsletters posted in regard to the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) in 2013.

Our newsletters provide industry, state-wide and country-wide information relevant to Australian bricklayers and blocklayers to keep you informed and up to date. You will receive information on how to grow your business, train and mentor your apprentice, update your skills and build on your career.

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James Wins Outstanding Apprentice Bricklayer Award

Left: Geoff Noble, ABBTF CEO presents James Georgio with the Outstanding Apprentice Bricklayer Award

ABBTF congratulations go to James Georgio who won the Outstanding Apprentice Bricklayer Award at the recent 2013 CITC Graduating Apprentice and Industry Encouragement Awards.

James’ host employer, Richard Horlock said the award was well deserved as James is a “great learner, is committed to the job and willing to do the extra things that matter”.

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Hurry! Boost in Financial Support for 2013 Apprentice Employment

genericThe Training Fund Authority (TFA) is providing training incentives to eligible employers of apprentice bricklayers who commence a first year Australian Apprentice in 2013 but time is running out as the current offer applies up to the end of 2013.

The TFA support only applies to 2013 and may not be available in future years, so contractors need to act now.

The incentives are up to $4,000 payable:
• $2,000 three months after the commencement date of the apprenticeship*
• $2,000 on completion of the first 12 months of the apprenticeship*

*Applicable to first year apprentices, who commence between 1 January and 31 December 2013 under an ACT Contract of Training.

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Strong Building Activity Continues in ACT


The good news for bricklayers in the ACT is that building activity is still strong and will continue into the near future. Confidence in ongoing work will enable contractors to sign on apprentices to train the future bricklaying workforce.

Housing starts were booming in 2010 and 2011 and have now settled to a sustainable level of 3,200 starts per annum which is 30% above the 10 year average to 2009. There are also good sized commercial projects coming up to keep contractors busy into the future.

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New ‘Trade-Up’ Costing Tool for ACT Bricklayers


A new software program has been developed in the ACT, specifically designed to improve the business success of bricklaying and blocklaying sub-contractors.

Trade-Up is an online, cloud-based software program that measures productivity of groups of workers on construction sites and uses that information to better cost, price and forecast job outcomes.  It includes timesheets, it tracks and analyses the job, plus it helps with the paperwork.

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