Had a chance to see some top quality blocklaying at Newcastle last month. Twelve teams comprising two apprentices and their teacher from around the country battled it out to compete for the national Golden Trowel Award. The teams had some initial setting out help from their TAFE teachers, and then it was up to them to complete the project in a day and a half.
The project was designed to fully test the skills of the apprentices as they raced against the clock to finish, at the same time striving to achieve the perfect job.
Congratulations go to the well-deserved winners - apprentices Dwayne Potter and Ian Cutmore from TAFE NSW North Coast Institute at Coffs Harbour. Their teacher Paul Venn was also a key member of the team.
ABBTF was the major sponsor and the Golden Trowel DVD will soon be up on our website. I’m looking forward to seeing this great event again in two years time.
The Golden Trowel attracts the best talent - I know past competitors have gone on to great careers in the industry. This event was for them, the start of it all. Would be good to hear from some previous winners!
Geoff Noble, Head Office, ABBTF