NEWS: WA – December 2011

Getting the Most Out of Your Bricklaying Apprentice


For those have been around long enough, you would know that this is not the first, nor will it be the last, building slowdown WA has experienced.

Bricklayers always seem to be at the forefront of price change in the industry and as such the need to operate as lean as possible, while maximising productivity, is very important.

In such times it is important that the host or employer of a bricklaying apprentice set some boundaries, standards and productivity goals.

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Why West Australian Bricklayers are the Best in Australia!

wa-the-best3Since the mid 19th century West Australia has been making quality clay bricks for the growing population of the once small colonies of Albany, Perth and Guildford.

Many structures in this period were built by convict labour and stations where established all up and down the West Australian coastline to provide trade labour support.

In the 1970’s brick companies in West Australia raised consumer interest in double clay brick by running TV campaigns highlighting the benefits of double clay brick construction.

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Step Out Taster Program Success at Kolbe College

step-out-buildingAppreciative feedback recently received from Kerry Donaldson, Careers Admin Assistant, of Kolbe Catholic College on an ABBTF Step Out Taster Program.

“Week four at Kolbe saw 12 of our Year 9 students participate in a three-day course in bricklaying.  The students who expressed their interest in Bricklaying, submitted applications and the successful candidates were lucky enough to participate in the program.  The course covered many tasks ranging from OSH requirements, measurements and calculations, planning and organising work requirements, reading and interpreting plans, the use of hand and power tools and laying bricks.”

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WA Bricklaying WorldSkills Competition Recognised by Minister


Peter Collier Minister for Training and Workforce Development formally acknowledged the efforts of industry following the Bricklaying WorldSkills competitions held at the Perth Convention Centre August 19 to 20 and Bunbury 25 to 26.

The determination and competency displayed at these events were a credit to all the participants, as all projects where completed on time and to a high standard.

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