NEWS: TAS – May – 2012

Completion Bonus to Sign Out-of-Trade Apprentices

TBCITBColourThe Tasmanian Building & Construction Industry Training Board (TBCITB) has recently announced a completion bonus of up to $6,000 to employers who sign on an apprentice who has been out of work for up to six months between 1 March 2012 and 28 February 2013.

The bonus is available for apprenticeships that commenced in 2009, 2010 or 2011.  Participation is limited and is on a first-come first-served basis.

The bonus is in addition to any other Commonwealth and State Government benefits as well as those provided by ABBTF for bricklayers.

The bonus is based on the year level of the out-of-trade apprentice:

  • $6,000 for 1st Year – first instalment $2,000 payable after 12 months
  • $5,000 for 2nd Year
  • $4,000 for 3rd Year
  • $3,000 for 4th Year.

Call TBCITB on 6223 7804 for more information and call ABBTF on 1300 66 44 94 for contact details for available out-of-trade apprentices who may qualify employers for the bonus.

See the lead story in this e-Newsletter for other incentives available.

K&D Bricks&Blocks Close Production

KD_Brick_Square_for_Steve-2K&D Bricks and Pavers announced the closure of its Hobart clay brick plant effective from the end of April.

The plant has been in operation for over 150 years and part of the Kemp & Denning Group for the last 100 years.

The closure was due to the high cost of meeting the current requirements of the Environmental Protection Authority.

K&D have four to six months supply of product in stock and will continue to sell the Island Block and Paving product range as well as CSR roofing tiles.

Other K&D business, including Mitre 10 stores are not affected by the plant closure.

K&D Bricks&Blocks continue to be strong supporters of ABBTF bricklayer training and employment in programs across Tasmania.

From Step Out Student to Step Out Trainer in Three Years

Brad-LongBrad Long is just 19 but in his short career he has already achieved his Bricklaying Apprenticeship, succeeded in running his own bricklaying business and in the last two years has run the ‘Step out in Bricks’ program for the Education Department at Brooks and Winnaleah High Schools.

A lucky break when a mate couldn’t run the Step Out program, allowed Brad to fill the gap, leading to a new work experience and an opportunity to share his own pathway with a group of students going through exactly what he did.

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