Contractors, Trainers, Builders – Preparing for Better Times through Training
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WorldSkills Team of 13 captioned‘Tough times don’t last.  Tough people do.’  How true that is.  Reflections on WorldSkills.

Working in the building industry we have definitely been facing tough times – an issue since the GFC hit three years ago.  However as we know construction occurs in cycles, we have our booms and we have our lows.

Neither lasts forever… It’s a revolving cycle. It’s how we act in the lows to ensure we last for the booms.

Whilst we are in the low cycle at present throughout the industry we have to be grateful to the contractors, trainers and builders who are focusing on retaining and training our apprentices of tomorrow.

I recently caught up with acquaintances and met new people at the ABBTF Industry Event at Olympic Park Sydney on the eve of the National WorldSkills 2012 competition at the end of August.

Young competitors from all over Australia had descended on Sydney to showcase their skills in their given trade.  This year there were 13 regional bricklaying winners all competing for the national title and to represent Australia in Germany at the international WorldSkills event.

Tim, Nigel & Lester_2 pageI was lucky enough to meet a couple of competitors at the ABBTF event and three past National winners – Lester Tibbles, Nigel Croke and Tim Hambly.  These three went on to compete in the International WorldSkills competition and their stories are truly inspiring and proof that the skills you learn in bricklaying can certainly take you anywhere in the world.

I spoke with the parents of competitor Matthew Barratt from Tasmania – Matthew is the second son to compete in the competition and their third son has his sights set on the next competition!

It’s great to hear three sons following in dad’s footsteps and continuing the bricklaying tradition. Unfortunately I could not stay to watch the competition due to other commitments but I have heard that it was once again a great success.

I congratulate all competitors for a job well done and special congratulations to the winners:

Gold – Todd Richards QLD;
Silver – Alan Ramsden WA;
Bronze – Matthew Barratt TAS.

All should be proud of their efforts.  I know I am proud of them.

Stacey Rimene,
General Manager, BBC Homes.

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