Friday, July 4th, 2014 - Australian Brick & Blockmaking Training Foundation

The ACCC has granted re-authorisation to the Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF) to continue the valuable work in providing skilled bricklayers and blocklayers for the construction industry.

The decision is welcomed at a time when an increase in building and construction activity is creating shortages of skilled bricklayers across Australia.

ACCC approval follows a public consultative process across the building and construction industry to re-assess the benefits delivered by ABBTF programs.  The ACCC concluded that the program provided a public benefit by way of increasing the supply of skilled bricklayers and reducing the delays in construction times.

Geoff Noble, ABBTF’s Chief Executive Officer, said the endorsement of the Foundation’s program confirmed that the national strategy, promoting and recruiting more bricklaying apprentices and raising the profile of bricklaying, was highly effective in improving the skill base of the industry.

“One of the key strategies is a subsidy of $3,000 for employers to encourage them to take on apprentices.  This is topped up by a further $4,000 from the Federal Government and Industry Training Board support in some States.”  ABBTF has also applied more resources to recruiting quality candidates for apprenticeships to satisfy the urgent need to fill the 150 vacancies registered with ABBTF across the States.  This program now has priority over other longer-term strategies to address the skill shortage.

Attracting the right young people to the trade is becoming more of a challenge with the changing attitudes and aspirations of Z generation students.  ABBTF has developed highly effective social media platforms with its two websites (ABBTF and Become a Bricklayer) in combination attracting over 8,000 visits per month and a national ABBTF Facebook page with nearly 8,000 fans following bricklaying as a career prospect.  ABBTF’s Step Out Program and Try-a-Trade events for secondary school students are important in giving a hands-on bricklaying experience to young people.  Almost 13,000 students have participated in these taster programs over the past five years.

“ABBTF is raising the awareness of bricklaying as a career and the opportunities it provides for career development in the construction industry.  There are many success stories where bricklaying apprentices have gone on to start their own bricklaying businesses, become builders and project manager and become captains of industry" Mr Noble said.

The recent Federal Government decision to allow skilled bricklayers to migrate on permanent visas to Australia will supplement our efforts to build a skilled workforce for the industry.

For more information on ABBTF’s activities contact:

Geoff Noble

Chief Executive Officer

Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation Ltd

4 July 2014

 

Contact Details:

Geoff Noble

Tel: 03 9556 3033 or 0418 388 774

Email: [email protected]

Websites: www.abbtf.com.au and www.becomeabricklayer.com.au

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Australian Brick & Blockmaking Training Foundation


Background to Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF)
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.
Visit the industry stakeholder site: www.abbtf.com.au or the student’s site: www.becomeabricklayer.com.au
Geoff Noble
P: 0418 388 774
W: www.abbtf.com.au

Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation Ltd


Background to Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF)
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 con be contacted on 0418 388 774 or 03 9556 3033. In his absence, refer to Susan Johnson 03 9556 3036 Visit the industry stakeholder site: www.abbtf.com.au or the student’s site: www.becomeabricklayer.com.au


Sue Johnsen
P: 03 9556 3036
M: 0404 024 449
W: www.abbtf.com.au

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Bricklaying Skills Shortage, ACCC Authorisation, ABBTF, Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation

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