Monday, May 6th, 2013

Thanks to Todd Richards great win on the national stage, at the 2012 National Bricklaying WorldSkills event in Sydney, we’ve seen a strong increase in apprentices throughout Queensland keen to compete for their shot at glory.   The Regionals kick-off this week, Tues 7 May.  Competitions are open to the general public, so come along on the day from 9 to 4 and have a look at the cream of the industry coming through. 


The Rockhampton/Central Qld Regional Bricklaying competition will be first, on Tuesday 7 May at Rockhampton TAFE, Canning Street Rockhampton with an industry BBQ on the night before around 5:30 pm. This is the region in which Todd won his finals, to go on to win the National Bricklayer title. 


Next cab off the rank is the southern region.  On Friday, 10 May at Skills Tech Australia (STA)TAFE Acacia Ridge Campus , ABBTF and WorldSkills will be conducting the Brisbane/South East Qld Regional WorldSkills Final in Bricklaying at STA’s 247 Bradman Street, Acacia Ridge. 


This will be the biggest Regional competition ever held in Brisbane with 10-14 bricklaying competitors planned to start, rivalling to represent this regional at 2014’s National title.


Qld has never had so many apprentice bricklayers striving for their opportunity to go to the nationals.  It was only a few years ago we would struggle to get 6-8 apprentices throughout the State to compete and now we have 4 Regions putting up their hands to hold finals this year.


This is further proof that the relationship between ABBTF, TAFE’s, RTO’s and Manufactures continues to reap rewards for our industry in Qld


The remaining Queensland Regions to hold competitions later this year are

·         Mackay/North Qld on 23 July with industry night on Monday 22 July and

·         Bundaberg/Wide Bay on 7 August at Wide Bay TAFE Walker St Bundaberg


ABBTF is a sponsor of all Regional WorldSkills events as part of its challenge on behalf of all stakeholders in Bricklaying, to reduce the skills shortage.  It aims to provide employers with the best possible candidates to become qualified bricklayers.


Tony Bishop,

Qld Manager, ABBTF

Contact Profile

Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF)

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.  Visit the industry stakeholder site: or the student’s site:

Tony Bishop
P: 0400 120 055


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