NEWS: QLD – June – 2014

Brick and Block Industry Investing in QLD’s Future



“The push to encourage and train more bricklayers in the industry would not be possible without the significant support from ABBTF’s contributing manufacturers,” says ABBTF’s Tony Bishop.

“These manufacturers not only contribute financially, matching the small levy on bricks and blocks, but they also donate large amounts of products and resources to support the ABBTF trade training programs throughout the country,” he said.

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ABBTF Responds to Apprentice Demand as Housing Starts Grow


Recently the Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF) has been responding to an increased level of demand for bricklayers prompted by calls from the building industry following increased demand in specific Queensland regions.

The steady improvement in residential construction is gaining momentum and builders are now seeing skill shortages in bricklaying.  In the past two years housing starts have increased by 15% and 2014 is on track for another 18% rise with more than 38,000 starts in Queensland.

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Bricklaying Try-a-Trade Expos Draw a Crowd


Careers Expo’s are a very important medium for Queensland industry and organisations to showcase their employment opportunities to prospective career seekers in high school. This is certainly the case at the Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF).  In an effort to reduce the bricklaying skills shortage around Australia, ABBTF will attend around 35 expos a year in Qld, promoting this apprenticeship – from Northern New South Wales to Hopevale in Far North Queensland.

At most of Qld’s expos the ABBTF Try-a-Trade van is in full swing giving students “a hands-on” opportunity to find out more about a career in the Brick/Blocklaying industry.

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