NEWS: WA – April 2014

ABBTF Boosting Starters with Placement Program and Short Course

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New APG Apprentices L-R: Brody Starcevich, Komasi Filo, O’Shea Alysha with Dean Pearson, ABBTF WA Manager

Placement Program

With the building industry remaining buoyant in Western Australia, the need for trades particularly in the residential construction industry remains a priority.  As such ABBTF launched a Placement Program late last year focusing resources and funding towards attracting, training and retaining new bricklaying apprentices.  The results are pleasing with commencements improving by around 120% in recent times.  However, more apprentices are required to keep up with expected demands.

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New Incentive to Employ 21-24 year old Apprentices

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ABBTF recently re-introduced wages support for employers of 21-24 year old apprentices in the form of $2,000.

The funding is officially known as “Support for Adult Apprentice Bricklayers (SAAB)”.  Employers who take on bricklaying apprentices in this age bracket will be eligible for this one-off payment and will be paid on the successful completion of the first year.  The payment will be made available in addition to the existing $3,000 Brickstart Subsidy as well as $4,000 from the Federal Government and $14,000 from the Construction Training Fund.

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Coci, Lewis and Marsh Shape Up for 2014 National WorldSkills

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Regional WorldSkills Bricklaying Competition at Bunbury.

The WA Bricklaying WorldSkills finalists and support staff are training feverishly in anticipation for the National competition which will be held at the Perth Convention Centre between 18 and 20 September.

This will only be the second time in 25 years that Perth has hosted the National competition with as many as 15 competitors flying in from around the country to determine Australia’s best young bricklayer.

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