NEWS: WA – July – 2015

ABBTF Major Exhibitor at Metro & Regional Careers Expos

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.

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Industry Abuzz as WorldSkills Australia Pre-Comp Hots Up

World Skills pre competition Training Bunbury SWIT Story 2 wth caption LighterSam Spong (current WorldSkills Australia bricklaying champion) is set to represent Australia in Sao Paulo, Brazil in August this year in the International competition. Getting ready for the next round, Western Australia is going strong with a record breaking number of entries for the WorldSkills Australia WA regional champion 2015.

This year WA could have as many as four regional competitions (compared to three in the last Regionals). These will include:

  • South West (Albany, Bunbury to Peel) on 29-30 July, SWIT Bunbury
  • South Metropolitan on 21-22 August Perth Convention Centre (Skills West Expo)
  • North Metropolitan on 21-22 August Perth Convention Centre (Skills West Expo)
  • The Northwest – Lancelin to Carnarvon, the date and location to be confirmed.

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CTF Annual Workshop Re-affirms Need for Trade Training

Story 3 Construction Logo V2Recently ABBTF attended the annual Construction Training Fund (CTF) stakeholder’s forum where a strong commitment to training was made evident, with much appreciation from industry.

The role of these forums is twofold. The first role is to review the performance of the CTF and provide feedback. And the second is to discuss new initiatives and provide feedback and suggestions on how we can improve both the quality of training and trade training take up.

The 2014-2015 revenue forecast for the CTF stands at about $35 million, of which 58% is generated through the Housing sector, 29% from Commercial building activity and 13% from Civil Engineering activity.

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