From the Bush to Bangkok via WorldSkills Australia National Competition

Following on from his strong placing at fourth in the 2014 National WorldSkills Australia finals in Perth, young Mackay bricklayer, Toby Tosh, has been selected as one of two competitors from the National finals to work on the construction of the new Australian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.

Aust Embassy SD

Toby & Phil SD with caption V2Also selected to work on this complex and exciting job, along with Toby, was Matthew  Cheso from South Australia who finished second in the national event.

Toby, who works for his father Phil Tosh, is stoked to be given this opportunity to work in another country. Toby said “I am very keen to go. It will be an amazing experience to see the way another country constructs a brick and masonry building and see how they do the trade.” He added “ABBTF and WorldSkills Australia have given me this incredible opportunity to apply for this job and it has shown me how you can go a lot further in bricklaying than you may think. I can’t wait to get over there!”

On behalf of the ABBTF Queensland team and all Aussie bricklayers, we wish both Toby and Matt all the very best. I look forward to hearing about the experience and reporting back here at the blog.

Toby & Phil Head & Shoulders WIP SD V2I also encourage more bricklayers to look for opportunities for broadening yours and your apprentices experience and skills.

Toby’s break came through entering the Regional WorldSkills competitions held every second year around Australia. Get behind this event! It can be the beginning of big things for you and your business and can open doors for apprentices to further career development beyond bricklaying, if that’s what they want.


Tony Bishop
ABBTF Queensland Manager

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