Mike Tierney-Williams, Group Training Organisation (GTO) field officer for Apprenticeships Queensland, recognised that a career in bricklaying would suit his son Samuel.
While Samuel expressed interest early on, he was encouraged to explore the trade through work experience to make sure.
Apprenticeships Qld, (the GTO) as Sam’s legal employer has managed his apprenticeship from the start in late 2009, through to its soon to be completion. Sam’s host employer, Stevenson Bricklaying has accessed apprentices over a long term with this GTO.
As the legal employer, the GTO assumes the responsibility for all aspects of the employment contract as well as the training needs.
Benefits to a bricklayer of accessing an apprentice through a GTO include the flexibility to employ an apprentice for the duration you need him, because you are not tied to any contract with the apprentice.
All the government paperwork to access ABBTF and government subsidies is completed and submitted by the GTO.