ABBTF Major Exhibitor at Metro & Regional Careers Expos

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splash1Kalamunda Careers Expo 30 April
Local students and community members within the Shire of Kalamunda, 30k east of Perth, attended this important free community and schools Careers Expo which was once again given full support by ABBTF staff with a Try-a-Trade, professional VET advice and printed literature.

The event was held at the Kalamunda Performing Arts Centre & Agricultural Hall including over 30 exhibitors. The Shire has a population of nearly 60,000 and dwellings of around 23,000 so is an important focus for ABBTF. Bricklayers can get good advice on the business subsidies and ease of taking on an apprentice at our website.

According to Tessa Whiting, Youth and Community Assistant, the purpose of the Kalamunda expo was to “help students and young adults make informed decisions about their future career options”. Once again, ABBTF was supported by ABN at this event. Click MORE to see other expo events and photos.

Exhibit Careers Expo (Perth) 14 – 17 May
More than 11,000 students, parents and the general public visited the Perth Convention Centre for careers and training advice from industry experts such as the ABBTF.

This year ABBTF expanded our presence at this event to incorporate a WorldSkills Australia demonstration, in the form of a VETis project. Coupled with a very successful bricklaying Try-a-Trade and a LEGO brick-building table for the younger ones, it was non-stop fun from Thursday to Sunday.

The true success of our presence at this and every expo we attend comes from collective support from industry. We were delighted to see this year’s strong industry attendance, support and career guidance from ABN, HIA, Home Group WA, MEGT, Midland Brick and Polytechnic West.

Thanks to our Apprentices Importantly, apprentices were on hand to help with Try-a-Trade, to participate in the project and offer advice to youth and to reflect on their own trade training experiences. They worked tirelessly all weekend and we congratulate them for putting back into the bricklaying community in this way. These apprentices are Rebecca Guest and Dylan Mathewson from ABN and Emma Burgess from Home Group WA. We encourage any apprentice who would like to contribute in this way to please call us.

Over 30 people expressed interest in Bricklaying Apprenticeship pre-entry training, work experience or Recognition of Prior Learning.

Our bricklaying Try-a-Trade was so successful at this event, that it featured in both media print and television, whereby Mark McGowan (leader of the opposition) was seen laying bricks under the instruction of Rebecca Guest (2nd year bricklaying apprentice with ABN training).

South West Careers Expo (Bunbury) 27 May
The annual South West Careers expo was once again held at the Bunbury Catholic College which yielded student attendance from as many as six local secondary schools within the district.

This year ABBTF added a bricklaying Try-a-Trade to the expo which gave many students an opportunity to lay a few bricks under the instruction of Ian Fitzgerald (ABBTF Field Officer).

New relationships where forged with schools and school students within the cluster, who will now be supported by the ABBTF in the future.

Regional career expos are as equally important as metropolitan expos, as the need for trade qualified bricklayers both now and in the future are in demand. Learn more about how Expos and Trade School open days are important to choosing a career.

For photos, videos and further details of these and other ABBTF expos please go to our WA ABBTF Facebook page and our Become a Bricklayer Facebook page.

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