Central Qld TAFE Wrestles National Golden Trowel Award from NSW

CQ_winners_600The Central Qld TAFE (CQ) BricklayingTeam: L-R Stage 2 Apprentice Tyson Johnstone, CQ TAFE Trainer – Peter Carr, Stage 3 Apprentice Josh Lewis with Tony Bishop ABBTF’s Queensland Manager.

Tyson Johnstone and Joshua Lewis with their trainer Peter Carr have won the 2013 Golden Trowel Award in Coffs Harbour, NSW.   This important bricklaying apprenticeship competition is held every two years and for the past 20 years has been hosted and won by a New South Wales TAFE!  It’s ABBTF’s major sponsorship activity.

The Central Queensland TAFE team succeeded over 11 other teams representing TAFE’s from around Australia.  The Concrete Masonry Association of Australia (CMAA) competition requires a team of two apprentices at Stage 2 and Stage 3 level, and their TAFE teacher, to build a complex concrete masonry project over two days.

Tyson, Joshua and Peter were thrilled to win the event against high quality teams of apprentices.  Peter Carr said “Tyson and Joshua were outstanding apprentices and have worked very hard to lift their skills to the highest level during their apprenticeship”.

Tyson lives and works in Gladstone and is employed by Mitch Bettiens from Bettiens Bricklaying and is only 17 years of age.  Joshua is a mature age apprentice at 24 years and works around the Rockhampton area for his employer Chris Twidale.

Credit also goes to Peter Carr who delivers brick and blocklaying training at Central Queensland Institute of TAFE at Rockhampton.  Peter has previously won the CSQ Queensland Trainer of the Year for the development of creative online training course content for bricklaying students and has taught many excellent apprentices in central Queensland.

ABBTF also provides financial support to Tyson and Josh’s employers to support their commitment to training apprentices.  Our congratulations go to the team from Rockhampton – not only in winning but in overturning the long term hold on this award by a NSW TAFE!

Tony Bishop
ABBTF Qld Manager

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