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It was all there at the Skills West Expo August 19 to 20, as bricklaying apprentices from around the state battled it out in the regional bricklaying World Skills competition at the Perth Convention Centre.

Some 20,000 people visited the expo to see WA’s best of the best fight it out in this prestigious international competition.

Most young men that participated in the event are in the prime of their lives, full of energy, great physics and in training!  The competition is designed to test their bricklaying knowledge, competency and all round dogged determination.

All competitors were given a project to build in clay brick and masonry as per the drawing detail. Millimetres made the difference between glory and heart ache!

In the final stages of the competition, each apprentice had to build a brick pier as high as they could in just 25 minutes (not a tower of Piazza to be seen anywhere!).  Check out the pics in the WA Gallery.

The who’s who of the bricklaying trade training fraternity was on hand to give support to these young chargers as they battled it out over the 2 days.

Training providers, employers and industry representatives were all very impressed with the all-round performance of each individual and the event itself got a lot of praise from the likes of Dale Alcock who visited the group whilst competing.

The state results for this event (Bunbury inclusive) were as follows: Gold = Alan Ramsden; Silver = Rhyse Moroney; Bronze = Samuel Long.

Well done to all the boys as they now prepare for the national finals in Sydney 2012 and if successful they could represent Australia in Leipzig Germany.

Dean Pearson
WA Bricklaying World Skills steering committee chair WA

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