NEWS: VIC – April – 2012

Josh’s Great Success Story

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There are a number of outstanding young bricklayers making their way in the industry and in life.  Josh Steevens from Traralgon tells his own success story so far.

I started my apprenticeship when I was eighteen. In hindsight a little later than I would’ve liked, but it probably worked out well, reinforcing that bricklaying was something I really wanted to do…and not just a cop out of school.

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Special $1,000 “Brickstart” Bonus 2012

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To encourage bricklaying apprentice sign ups in 2012, ABBTF is offering a special one off incentive to employers of new bricklaying apprentices in Victoria.

This $1,000 bonus will apply to bricklaying apprentices who have been officially signed on (by an Australian Apprenticeship Centre) between the 1st of January to the 30th of June 2012.

The cut-off date has been extended from April to June to enable more employers to benefit from the current bonus.

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Apprentice Training Improves Your Productivity

jane-2-vic-mayTeaching an apprentice can slow down productivity initially.

This is the same in any business – it’s not just bricklaying. 

All employers face this challenge and it can be time-consuming and difficult but if you approach it with the right attitude and plan to invest a portion of each day to pass on your knowledge and skill, it does pay off over time.

Never forget that you were once in that young person’s boots and knew nothing about bricklaying.  Ask yourself did your boss treat you right and pass on his skills to you?  Well it’s no different for this generation, so here are a few tips designed to convince you that a commitment to patience and continuous training is in everyone’s best interest.

This is his first job experience in construction and he needs your guidance.  He hasn’t developed the muscle strength yet, but will in time.

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Top Apprentice at GippsTAFE

YALLOURN-INDUSTRY-AWARDSL-R David Gittins – GippsTAFE Board President, Jane Alexander – ABBTF Victorian Manager, Matthew Walker – Winner of 2011 Outstanding 3rd Year Bricklaying Apprentice Award with his employer Wayne Fenney of WJ & M Fenney Bricklaying and Dr Peter Whitley – GippsTAFE CEO

Matthew Walker has won the 2011 Outstanding Bricklaying Apprentice Award at GippsTAFE.  The award night was held in February this year at the Turf Side Function Centre in Moe.

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