NEWS: QLD – 2012

Joshua Quinn Tops the ABBTF SkillsTech Apprentice Excellence Award in Bricklaying

Queensland’s largest TAFE institute dedicated to trade and technical training, SkillsTech Australia held its inaugural Apprentice Excellence Awards day in September.

Topping the bricklaying course was Joshua Quinn, a 21 year old, third year apprentice to Brett Cude of Cude Bricklaying in Brisbane.

ABBTF sponsored the awards which recognise high achievement in the wet trades and provides an opportunity for SkillsTech to showcase its world-class facilities and training to employers and offer information about new products and trends.

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You Can Afford to Take on an Apprentice

Many bricklayers are cautious about their business as future work is less certain. This means fewer bricklayers are taking on a new apprentice due to the assumed costs involved.

With ABBTF benefits which are not available to any other trade, bricklayers are re-doing the numbers and seeing that the available financial support from ABBTF and Government can make the difference.


If the new apprentice is over 21 years of age an additional $1,000 is payable in the first year.

If the apprentice has been Out-of-Trade and the sign-up is a recommencement ABBTF offer a $2,000 incentive plus a pro-rata portion of the Brickstart subsidy.

The Federal Government has $750 available for recommencing an apprenticeship and Construction Skills Queensland offers an additional $3,000 making a total of $5,750 available to recommence an apprentice in Queensland.

Community Work Was Good Grounding for Teaching at Tropical Nth Qld TAFE

David Remedio has spent the majority of his life in Cairns as a bricklayer and is now a teacher at the: Tropical North Queensland Institute of TAFE.


His role takes him to the Cape, the Torres Strait Islands and several other locations to do bricklayer training.  David also works for ABBTF organising and presenting the Try a Trade and Step-Out Program taster programs to Years 9 and 10 students at high schools.

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Queenslander Todd Richards Wins National WorldSkills Title for Bricklaying

todd-richards-gold-qldA North Queenslander who usually works with blocks rather than pressed clay bricks ‘showed the southerners how it’s done’ when he won the bricklaying category of Australia’s leading Apprenticeships Award Competition, WorldSkills, in late August.  Todd Richards, who had finished his apprenticeship training and works for Col Sommerfeld, competed against 12 other regional winners from around the country at what is the major, biannual national event showcasing up and coming apprenticeship talent and craftspeople in the making.

The competition was actually quite a tight finish with the Silver Medallist, young Alan Ramsden, just turning 18 years, from Perth and the Bronze winner Matthew Barratt, 22 years, from Hobart both close behind Todd.  Just two points out of 100 separated Todd from Alan and one point from Alan to Matthew.  All 13 apprentices worked to the highest standard ever seen in the competition and amazingly all demonstrated a different style and approach to constructing the projects assigned for the competition.  This alone made it a really interesting spectator event.

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