Alan Ramsden – Doing Australia Proud in Leipzig (WorldSkills)
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What a fantastic event the International WorldSkills is.  Bricklaying’s WorldSkills international contender was 18 year old Alan Ramsden of WA.  He put in a fantastic effort this week in Leipzig, being awarded a Medallion for Excellence, only awarded to those competitors who reach the world class standard in their skill.  He didn’t win the big medal but came in 9th out of an international field of 24.

Competing countries included the United Kingdom (Gold), Denmark (Joint Silver), Austria (Joint Silver), Italy (Joint Silver), Switzerland, Korea, Chinese Taipei, France, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Canada, Ireland, Vietnam, Finland, Indonesia, Netherlands, Hungary, China, Columbia, Belgium, Luxembourg, USA and Russia.

“We are all very proud of Alan who is one of the youngest representatives that have represented Australia (in bricklaying) and cannot wait to pat him on the back when he returns to Perth”, said Dean Pearson, ABBTF WA Manager.

Alan attributes his success in reaching the International competition and his Medallion award to the support and mentoring he has received from his host trainer Mark Niebieszanski, of Highbury Homes and his TAFE lecturer Eddie Campbell of Polytechnic West.

“Eddie and Mark have been so incredibly supportive of me both professionally and personally. Not only did they teach me everything I know about Bricklaying but they have shaped me into the person I am today. I hope that one day, I will be looked up to as a mentor the way I look up to them now,” said Alan.

Ashley Terron from the UK and Gold Medallist in Bricklaying, visited Australia for the Global Skills Challenge and his good skills didn’t go unnoticed at the time.  On winning Gold he said:  “To win Gold in Bricklaying is just amazing.  It still hasn’t really sunk in that I am the best young bricklayer in the World.   I want to show the UK how Apprenticeships and vocational training can enable young people to gain a real qualification and a real future.”

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Opening Ceremony Australian Skillaroos parade on the stage at the Leipzig Stadium

Alan Ramsden was one of 31 Australian ‘Skillaroos’ who went to Leipzig Germany for the international event held every tree years. Participating were 52 countries, 1004 competitors, being the highest ever and 46 occupation categories.  Overall Australia’s Skillaroos won one gold:  Timothy Taylor – Automotive Technology, Ballarat TAFE, Two Silver:  Jessica Martin – Restaurant Service TAFE NSW Northern Sydney – Ryde College and Tayron Scagnetti – Jewellery, WA Central Institute of Technology and one Bronze: Lachlan Mayled – Welding, TAFE NSW Armidale College.  Congratulations to these international champions in their respective trades.

“Opening night was like Rod Laver Arena with speeches from dignitaries, then the hosts (local celebs) introducing each country in alpha order. They all marched on stage then forward to their seats at the front stalls.  DJ played music requested by each country. The Aussie team came on stage to AC/DC rock music while the New Zealand stopped its march to do a Haka on stage.  The sound and light effects were amazing and the music, a great dance group, Stepping Out and generally excellent entertainment.   I will report much more in my next blog, especially on the techniques used by the various competitors,” said Geoff Noble, ABBTF General Manager who was in attendance at the event.

Geoff Noble,
General Manager, ABBTF

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