Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012
Employers of new apprentice bricklayers and mature age apprentices will receive a boost in funding support following the announcement by Senator Evans, the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research.

Tradespeople in bricklaying and other construction trades experiencing skills shortages will benefit from the Kickstart initiative of an additional $3,350 payable to employers in two installments.

The Kickstart incentive applies to small and medium employers who employ a new apprentice between December 2012 and February 2013.

“This is very good news. A lack of work for bricklayers has reduced their confidence and intentions to employ a new apprentice. Housing starts are at a 15 year low and apprentice starts this year are the lowest for many years” said Geoff Noble, General Manager at ABBTF

The announced new Kickstart funding will be a welcome addition to ABBTF Brickstart subsidies and the first year bonus to employers, which have consistently supported bricklayers over a number of years.

The Government will further reform the system to introduce a one-off bonus payment of $4,000 to employers of adult apprentices (aged 25 years and over) in the first year of an adult apprenticeship. This incentive adds to the current Government mature age support and the $1,000 ABBTF incentive to employers in the first year.

The Government’s commitment to supporting bricklayer training is a welcome boost for the ABBTF industry funded programs to promote the trade and support employers who train apprentices.

ABBTF currently support almost 2,000 apprentices and has assisted 443 apprentices to complete their training in the past twelve months.

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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


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