Back left to right: Ashleigh Clements, Brendan Warwick, Val and Steve Manley (Trainers), Samantha Hopkins, Dean Beyers, Jaye Mellor (Careers Officer), Francis Bowen and Dominic Deagostini, Front left to right : Whitley Coward-Zielke, Jeremy Coward-Zielke and Jack Clarke.
Back left to right: Ashleigh Clements, Brendan Warwick, Val and Steve Manley (Trainers), Samantha Hopkins, Dean Beyers, Jaye Mellor (Careers Officer), Francis Bowen and Dominic Deagostini, Front left to right : Whitley Coward-Zielke, Jeremy Coward-Zielke and Jack Clarke. Submitted

Building a strong future in bricks

THIRTEEN future bricklayers took part in a week-long course at Chanel College last week. All of the students learned the fine art of brick and block laying under the watchful eye of Steve and Val Manly from the ABBTF (Australian Brick and Block Training Foundation).

This is the third year that Chanel College has taken part in this program.

This year a stepped block garden edge was erected at the front of the school. In previous years a herb garden and a large raised garden have been constructed.

On completion, students, parents and staff enjoyed a barbecue lunch to showcase the student handiwork.

Students who completed the course were presented with certificates.

The scheme aims to achieve an increase in competent, skilled bricklayers which will reduce delays in building and construction and increase employment of young people in a skilled trade.

The strategies implemented by the ABBTF to increase the number of apprentices and bricklayers include:

Promotion of the trade through schools and the community by presentations and visits to career teacher groups and careers events.

Direct promotional support for TAFEs and training organisations to increase training enrolments.

Provide Step Out programs to secondary school students. This 40-hour program provides students with hands-on experience in bricklaying to enable young people to make an informed choice to commence an apprenticeship.

Support for people completing pre-apprenticeship (pre-vocational) training by fee payment or incentives on starting an apprenticeship.

Subsidise bricklayers and builders with $6000 for directly employing a new bricklaying apprentice.

Each state has seen an increase in numbers entering pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship training since the scheme commenced.



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