How to help the undecided student in 2013

The fact that students mature at different rates is well known.  Males especially, often have little idea what they want to do in life till well into their twenties.  It often leaves them floundering at secondary school, unsure about their direction and with little focus on what they’re suited for. Sadly, as a result, some […]


Skills Training Process

There are three entry points to the Apprenticeship after the completion of Year 10: Find an employer willing to take on an apprentice, and participate in the training. Undertake a full time pre-apprenticeship training course at a recognised training organisation Enter at the Australian Schools Based Apprenticeship level at Year 11. ABBTF can assist with identifying […]


The Main Event

A mighty battle was fought for the National WorldSkills title with the victorious Gold Medal winner Todd Richards from Mackay Qld, never having once laid pressed clay bricks used for the National competition. North of Rockhampton, about 90% of brick building is in concrete blocks and the remainder is the extruded clay brick, rather than the […]


Standing Room Only at the Gun Trowel

The eye catching supporting event of the finals was the ABBTF “Gun Trowel” speed competition. It drew a huge and rowdy crowd of spectators who jostled for a spot five deep around the perimeter of the competition area. CSR/PGH Queensland Manager Trent Cosh provided a colourful commentary and introduction of competitors, entertaining us while the […]


Bricklaying Honour Roll International WorldSkills Competition

In 1946 two Spaniards had a vision. José Antonio Elola Olaso and Francisco Albert-Vidal dreamed of an international craft skills competition, a professional-quality championship with participants from all over the world. The first Spanish championships for apprentices were a roaring success in 1947.

In 1950, neighbouring Portugal was invited to join in, and since 1953 more and more countries have taken up the challenge. Morocco, France, United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland entered teams for the International Vocational Training Contest.


Representing Queensland

Joshua Yoemans. Region: Brisbane

I’m 22 and have now completed my apprenticeship with John Schlect at Flowcrete Constructions. My home town is Bribie Island and my training was with Sunshine Coast TAFE.

I’m committed to achieving my best and representing my State well at the finals, but am feeling a bit nervous about it. Lex Valentine, my bricklayer coach and trainer, mentioned the Regional WorldSkills competition to me at a class and thought I should try out. Lex is someone I look to for guidance in bricklaying – he is willing to spend the time to focus on the points that are my weaknesses and help me become a better bricklayer. However, my hero is definitely my Dad. He is there throughout everything in my life. He’s not only respected as my father but also loved as a mate when in need


Representing Western Australia

Rhyse Moroney Region: Perth South

I recently completed my apprenticeship, am 21 and live in Shark Bay WA. I work for Chris Tuddenham, Tuddenham Bricklaying and trained at Durack Institute of Technology, WA.

I am excited about the National Competition. I have a great support network that is helping me prepare as much as possible, practicing all the different skills that may be required. I entered the competition as my TAFE lecturer said I had the potential to win at WorldSkills and asked if I would like the chance to participate. Realising what a great opportunity it was I jumped at the chance.


Representing New South Wales

Ryan Jager Region: Hunter

I’m 19 years old and in my third year of my apprenticeship. I live in Wadalba NSW and am employed by Alan Holman. The TAFE I attend is at Newcastle. In preparation for the National competition I am working with the TAFE teachers who are giving me extra training, to improve my technique. I’m not too worried – trying to treat it like another day!

I came to bricklaying through having just left school and starting looking for work, I found a job labouring for Alan Holman. Fortunately, a few months later I was put on as an apprentice. What I enjoy most about bricklaying is being outside in the sun – when it’s sunny that is!


Representing Australian Capital Territory

Jamie Gianchou

I am 21, live in Canberra and completed my bricklaying apprenticeship in 2011. I was apprenticed in my father’s business, Chris Gianchou of Harcourt Bricklaying and undertook my offsite training with Master Builders Group Training.

I have known about the WorldSkills competition from the beginning of my apprenticeship and have been determined to be a part of it. I love the challenge and excitement it brings to bricklaying. Not to mention the chance to represent Australia and travel the world. This is really making me practice and study harder.


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