NEWS: NSW – May – 2012

Tenterfield Traveller Dwayne Potter Knows About Commitment


It’s a long three hour drive each way, from Tenterfield to the Coffs Harbour campus of TAFE North Coast, and a young apprentice has to drive it 36 times during the course of his training.

It says heaps about a person’s commitment but it’s paid off in droves for Dwayne Potter in terms of the reputation he’s building for himself in the industry.

Besides completing his Apprenticeship late last year, Dwayne already also has a number of awards under his belt, with more likely to come.  Last year, during the third year of his apprenticeship, we reported here on Dwayne’s win with fellow student Ian Cutmore and teacher Paul Venn, of the 2011 Golden Trowel Award, sponsored by ABBTF.

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Special $1,000 “Brickstart” Bonus 2012

RS86_Brickies-0510_S04-056To encourage bricklaying apprentice sign ups in 2012, ABBTF is offering a special one off incentive to employers of new bricklaying apprentices in New South Wales.

This $1,000 bonus will apply to bricklaying apprentices who have been officially signed on (by an Australian Apprenticeship Centre) between the 1st of January to the 30th of June 2012.  The cut-off date has been extended from April to June to enable more employers to benefit from the current bonus.

We believe employers need additional support during this period of low building activity. An apprentice commencing now will be a very valuable employee in a few years when he/she is trained and productive.

This will be when the market recovers and the building industry will need skilled bricklayers.

The following conditions of the Brickstart Bonus will apply:

  • This incentive will apply to new bricklaying apprentices only who have been signed on between the 1st of January to the 30th of June 2012
  • The $1,000 (excl. GST) bonus will be paid to the employer at the end of 1st year of employment
  • All employers must register their bricklaying apprentices for wages support with ABBTF within 30 days of the closing date.
  • Group Training Companies will be offered the choice of passing on the bonus as they see fit or utilising the incentive directly
  • The $1,000 “Brickstart” Bonus will be paid in addition to other ABBTF wages support incentives and any other Government incentives.

To register for this incentive call ABBTF on 1300 66 44 96 or 02 9540 1666

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Opportunities for Penrith Youth in School-Based Apprenticeships


McCarthy Catholic Trade Training Centre in Emu Plains, now offers Year 11 and 12 students in the Penrith region the opportunity to start the first year of an apprenticeship in their chosen trade and complete their HSC at the same time.

Bricklaying is one such trade on offer, where students can receive training at McCarthy, through an arrangement set up with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO).

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