NEWS: QLD – February – 2014

Short Courses Produce Big Results


ABBTF’s first group of Pre-Trade students ready to go!  L-R: Ryan Hague, Manveer Gill, Warwick Evans, Joe Ferrari, Ben Kyle, Blake Andrews.

With the decrease in industry activity over the last few years and the increase in trade competition for school leavers’ career choices, ABBTF has now developed a new program to source quality candidates from the wider, general community.

ABBTF already runs a variety of programs to source quality, keen, entry-level candidates for employers. Most brick and blocklayers would already know about our week long Step-Out Programs (SOP) and our Try-a-Trade (TaT) one day programs in schools.  

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When Things Don’t Work Out – Give us a Shout!

tony_bishop2_270ABBTF often reports on great outcomes achieved by apprentices and employers when an apprenticeship is successful – but many apprenticeships don’t work out.

We talk with frustrated employers who have been unable to prevent apprentices from leaving and talk with potential apprentices who can’t find an employer or can’t last the distance.  Listening to all involved, we understand it’s not often due to personality clashes.  There are many reasons why apprenticeships go astray.  If you find yourself in any of these situations give ABBTF a call to discuss how we can help as there are other solutions.


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Brian Ticks All the Boxes for ABBTF

Brian Munns

ABBTF Queensland’s recently appointed Field Representative Brian Munns may be new to the organisation but he is no stranger to the bricklaying industry.

Brian started his apprenticeship in 1990 in the UK and gained his City and Guilds of London Bricklaying Qualification after serving a full apprenticeship, finishing with a distinction in advanced craft bricklaying.  He moved to Australia with his wife and children on a skilled visa in 2006 where he completed a Certificate III in Brick and Blocklaying in order to comply with QBSA regulations.  Brian was soon running his own successful bricklaying business and employing apprentices, which he describes as very fulfilling, “I really enjoyed seeing apprentices get the opportunity I was once given.”

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