NEWS: VIC – 2014

The Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation’s archive for all newsletters posted in regard to Victoria (VIC) in 2014.

Our newsletters provide industry, state-wide and country-wide information relevant to Australian bricklayers and blocklayers to keep you informed and up to date. You will receive information on how to grow your business, train and mentor your apprentice, update your skills and build on your career.

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Brick and Blocklaying Skills on Show


The recent Horbury Hunt Awards provided many excellent examples of the skills and quality of our tradespeople in the construction of outstanding masonry buildings.

The 2014 Horbury Hunt Awards were held by Think Brick to recognise and celebrate the very best use of clay brick and concrete masonry by Australian architects and designers, across three categories: Commercial, Residential and the Kevin Borland Masonry Award for commercial and residential.  Listed below are the Victorian finalists by category. To view all nominations and photos visit

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The Importance of Mentoring at TAFE

Kayla & Chris Site Shot wth Caption V3Regular readers of this e-Newsletter will know that the Victorian ABBTF office coordinates a Brick and Blocklayer Network (BBN) comprising many local bricklayers keen to share knowledge and experience for bricklayers to further develop their skills and achieve further business success through networking.

One project within BBN which we’ve recently started is a series of visits to TAFEs to provide mentoring to apprentices.  The volunteered service is additional to the training done by the TAFEs teaching Bricklaying Certificate III and some pre-apprenticeship bricklaying courses.

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Bricklayers – All You Need is 3 Things: Your Trowel, Skill and F.X.D.

FXD wth TrowelMore bricklayers are getting into FXD, the latest look in work wear for its killer look and comfort.  To promote our new look image, ABBTF’s Field Rep, Michael Taylor, has been visiting apprentices at TAFE encouraging them to compete to win a pair of shorts.

We all like a freebie so check out the opportunity to win on Facebook ABBTF VIC.  It’s easy!  Simply email Michael Taylor a photo of you in your worst pair of work shorts to be in the running for a pair of FXD’s. Those that win and then send us a pic of them in their new shorts will have both photos posted on our Facebook in our SHOW US YOUR SHORTS CAMPAIGN.  There are three pairs to be given away monthly. T&Cs apply.





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