Australian Brick & Block Training Foundation (ABBTF)

Australian Brick & Block Training Foundation (ABBTF)
Australian Brick & Block Training Foundation (ABBTF)

Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation Ltd (ABBTF) trading as Become a Bricklayer represents clay brick and concrete masonry manufacturers. It was created to address the critical shortage of skilled bricklayers and ensure an adequate and competent bricklaying and blocklaying workforce is supported. This helps market demand for Bricks and Blocks as a construction material and improves the standing of bricklayers and blocklayers within the industry.

Why do we need a bricklayer training scheme?
The shortage of skilled bricklayers is causing construction delays and quality issues. The average age of a bricklayer is 45 years and apprentices who are completing their training are not matching people retiring and leaving the industry.

Who contributes to the scheme?
The scheme is jointly funded by brick and block manufacturers and Builders, tradesmen and the general public who purchase bricks and blocks. They contribute $1.50 per 1,000 for clay bricks and 7.5 cents per square metre for concrete masonry.
Note: In Western Australia double height clay bricks attract a levy of $3 per thousand and there is no levy on the sale of concrete masonry. For more information click here

How is the levy collected?
The levy is shown as a separate line item on the invoice. The manufacturers send the levy and their matching contribution to ABBTF to fund the programs.

How are the funds spent?
ABBTF invests in a number of funded programs, support services and resources for both apprentices and employers, as well as educating students, teachers, career advisors and parents about the different career path options and opportunities that exist with a qualification in bricklaying including ‘Becoming a Builder’.
ABBTF also provide subsidies to employers of apprentices to lower the cost of their employment hence encouraging uptake and fulfilling vacancies.

What results has the scheme achieved to date?
Increased number and quality of people in training at pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship level.
Increase apprenticeship completions and reduce attrition rates.
Lifting the image of the trade.
For full details click here

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