Months of preparation and planning ensured that once again Bricklaying was centre stage amongst the trades at the recent Regional WorldSkills and Skills West Expo, with 16 apprentices competing in the bricklaying competition and a further 5 bricklaying students competing in the new VETis category. With a total of 21 competitors it is by far the biggest group we have collectively catered for.
It is hard to know where to begin thanking people and organisations which assisted in one way or another with the Perth Regional WorldSkills competition and Skills West Expo held last weekend at the Perth Convention Centre, August 21-23. Of course, none of this would have been possible without the efforts of industry and Government working collaboratively together.
Showcasing our young men and women, the future leaders and champions of the industry is what it’s about. However, it’s also a beautiful thing to watch different (and sometimes competing) employers, training providers and support organisations working cooperatively to make these competitions run well.
Results are yet to be finalised as there is a process in place to ensure that data is correct before release. This information should be available within the next two weeks so watch our Facebook page for results. For those fortunate few who will be mentored and trained for the National WorldSkills competition next year through the guidance of people like TAFE lecturer Eddie Campbell of Polytechnic West, it will be the experience and opportunity of a lifetime. We’ve just seen the outstanding success of Sam Spong of NSW, who earlier this month won Bronze for Australia at WorldSkills International in Brazil. This fantastic experience and potentially an award, is well within reach for apprentice bricklayers from WA.
For those who did not finish in pole position (which will be most), you should nonetheless be very proud of yourself – you’ve been identified by industry as being an outstanding apprentice and you have given it your best shot – and, age permitting, you may be able to try out again next year.
Again many thanks to all that supported this tremendous event:
· ABN Training – Loris Moriconi including ABN’s entire training division and apprentices
· Polytechnic West – Eddie Campbell, Paul Wharmby, Bruce Dickie, Stan Bowie, Mark Bowen, Rob Berryman, Kevin Tierney and pre-apprentices
· SkillHire – Wayne Sutherland, Charlotte Sutton and apprentices
· Challenger IOT – Hayley McBride, Todd Cherry and Gordon Harrison
· Trades North – Brad Wickham, Kris Schache
· MEGT – Veronica Estiman, Rachel Willis, Natalie Stammers
· DTWD – Fiona Johnson, Michelle Hardy
· ABBTF – Ian Fitzgerald
· Home Group WA – Stacey Rimene, Emma Burgess
· SWIT – Mark Baker
· Matt Shaw Bricklaying – Matt Shaw
· Austral Bricks, Midland Brick, Instant Bins, Cockburn Cement, Hinds Sands, CTF.
ABBTF WA Manager