Monday, August 11th, 2014 - Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF)

New jobless figures show youth unemployment of over 20% which is the highest since 1997.  Geoff Noble, CEO of ABBTF, responsible for reducing the skills shortage in bricklaying, is concerned that many of this generation of 15-19 year olds are either just not suited or don’t value starting a career in the building industry with an apprenticeship.

 

ABBTF is pulling out all stops to recruit young people into an apprenticeship in the skilled bricklaying trade.  There are many careers in the building industry and opportunities for self-employment that can start from an apprenticeship in bricklaying.  Currently over 150 vacancies for bricklaying apprenticeships are ‘going begging’, unfilled across the country.  Bricklaying is offering an ideal opportunity to get started, for young people who like to work outdoors and see the results of their work.

 

The building industry in the major States is seeing high activity levels and skill shortages in bricklaying.  Over recent years, housing starts have increased from 151,444 nationally to a forecast of almost 180,000 according to the Housing Industry Association.  Many builders are facing costly delays in construction affecting their clients and the business.

 

ABBTF is subsidising apprentice employment to support employers, but more importantly at this time, promoting the trade and recruiting people to start an apprenticeship.  Apprentice wages and conditions are better than ever before.  The main ingredients are a good work ethic, the ability to listen and respect others.  Training includes time off site as well as learning on the job.

 

ABBTF is playing a leading role in recruiting, preparing, running trials and placing new bricklaying apprentices.  Bricklayers are busy, short-handed and more often relying on ABBTF to produce quality young people to join their gangs.

Geoff Noble

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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.  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, apprenticeships, bricklayers, youth unemployment, training, construction careers, housing, ABBTF, Geoff Noble

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