ABBTF welcomes todays Federal Government announcement of the extension of the Kickstart bonus of $3,350 for a further two months.
The timing is important as employers can now make better decisions on apprentice employment after the Christmas annual holiday period. Many in the trade are more optimistic about future work with construction activity expected to improve this year.
The timing is also better as more than 300 young people are currently enrolled in pre-apprenticeship courses in bricklaying around the country. These courses will provide good quality candidates as potential new apprentices giving employers further confidence that the apprentice is keen, has some skills and is suited to the trade.
The extension of the Kickstart bonus comes at a time when apprentice bricklaying commencements are the lowest since 2001. This is a real concern for the industry as the low 2012 starts will produce insufficient qualified bricklayers to join the workforce when construction activity recovers in three or four years.
The extension of the Kickstart funding is a welcome addition to the ABBTF Brickstart subsidies and first year bonus to employers which have consistently supported bricklayers over a number of years.
ABBTF represent major clay brick and concrete masonry manufacturers and continue to invest in supporting the training and employment of apprentices and the up skilling of the workforce.
Geoff Noble, General Manager, ABBTF, Contact: 0418 388 774
Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation
The ABBTF was established by manufacturers of clay brick and concrete masonry throughout Australia to ensure there is an adequate and competent bricklaying and blocklaying workforce. Its purpose is to support the demand for bricks and blocks as a construction material and improve the standing of bricklayers and blocklayers within the industry.
ABBTF apprenticeship programs to address the skill shortage in bricklaying are funded by a small levy on the sale of clay bricks and concrete masonry and a matching contribution from brick and block manufacturers. The levy represents $16 on the cost of an average Australian house and $40 for double brick construction, the prominent brick in Western Australia.
Geoff Noble from ABBTF is available for interview and can be contacted on 0418 388 774 or 03 9556 3033. Visit the industry stakeholder site: www.abbtf.com.au or the student’s site: www.becomeabricklayer.com.au
P: 0418 388 774