Alan Ramsden and Todd Richards – WorldSkills International Competition – Leipzig, Germany July 2013
It was good to see Alan Ramsden and Todd Richards sharing thoughts on bricklaying and their journey at the recent WorldSkills International Bricklaying competition in Leipzig, Germany, reported on here recently.
Alan, from Perth WA, won the Silver Medal at the national WorldSkills competition at Homebush NSW last year and was then selected to represent Australia at the International WorldSkills competition in Germany as Todd was just outside the upper age limit for the International requirements. Alan prepared very well for the event and was an outstanding competitor. He was very close to the medallists’ with only a few points separating the leading competitors.
At just 18, Alan was one of the youngest competitors and the youngest Australian to ever compete in bricklaying. Alan is an impressive young man with maturity and commitment beyond his years. We are proud of him and his performance.
Todd, from Mackay Queensland, won the Australian Gold Medal at the WorldSkills National competition at Homebush NSW. This was a remarkable effort considering his limited experience with clay bricks that were used in the competition, compared to blocks used in Queensland.
Todd was not able to compete internationally as he was a mere two months, ‘too old’ to qualify. He did, however, get selected for the WorldSkills/BBM Skilled Futures program.
This included a trip to the UK and participation in a challenging leadership program as well as undertaking an overseas work placement in bricklaying. This enabled him to attend Leipzig to see the WorldSkills competition and support Alan.
The bricklaying industry is fortunate to have quality young men like Alan and Todd as examples of the new breed of contractors. We know others will follow their example in years to come.
General Manager – ABBTF