NEWS: NSW – February – 2014

Bricklaying Skills on Show at Outstanding UTS Building

UTS_building_work_600Image source: ABC 7.30 Report

A new building designed by legendary American architect Frank Gehry for the University of Technology has brought out the best in bricklaying from Peter, Ray and Sam Favetti and their skilled tradesmen.  The building in Sydney’s Chinatown is being touted at the city’s most remarkable construction since the Opera House.

Bricklayers on the project have been inspired by the challenges of the detailed requirements of the design to create a building which resembles a crumpled paper bag.   Ray Favetti, a director of Favetti Bricklaying, a well-respected bricklaying contractor in Sydney has been dedicated to the project over a number of years from expressions of interest being called, constructing visual and performance mock ups of the brickwork both here and in China and assisting with the extensive research and development leading up to its current construction stage.

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Rare Opportunity to Gain Qualifications – at Minimal Cost


The NSW Government has recently announced a short-term funding window for existing Bricklayers to qualify and undertake other courses highly relevant to our industry.  The courses will be heavily subsidised, costing just a fraction of the normal cost of becoming a qualified bricklayer.

This is a rare opportunity to access training at a very low cost, for either an existing unqualified bricklayer employer or current employee.  ABBTF consistently promotes the ‘good business sense’ in ‘qualifying the team for life’ and there has never been a more cost effective time than this.

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Masonry Contractors Association Supporting Bricklaying Contractors and Training

MCA_logo_200Brick and Blocklaying contractors in NSW and ACT are increasingly recognising the benefits and support provided by the Masonry Contractors Association of NSW and ACT (MCA).  ABBTF welcomes the MCA’s increased involvement and focus on brick and blocklayer training.

The new Masonry Contractors Association of NSW & ACT website (currently being improved) and the Association’s commitment to “raise the bar” in the industry are positive steps that will benefit tradesmen and their businesses.

The MCA can provide connections for apprentice training, employing apprentices, thus increasing the skill level of current staff members and it can help with any industry-political issues contractors may be experiencing.

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