Lithgow High School’s senior construction class was recently given the opportunity to visit the bricklaying facility at Bathurst TAFE. Lithgow’s VET teacher Wayne Morris brought the students Bathurst to experience the practical skills necessary to achieve part of the course competencies in bricklaying and to benefit from exposure to one of our trade’s best trainers.
At TAFE, under the expert guidance of Bathurst TAFE teacher Peter Moore, the Year 12 students were able to practice some of the basic skills and also learn about the career opportunities available in the bricklaying trades. They benefited from hands-on experience and were appreciative of Peter Moore’s skill and knowledge.
Over many years Peter has regularly given his time to introducing Trades’ secondary students to bricklaying. Bathurst TAFE and Peter specifically, has been a major contributor to the success of many of the Macquarie Region’s best competitors. Peter has trained three Golden Trowel winners and two WorldSkills Australia national winners to date, the latter being Nigel Croke who shone in Canada in 2009 and Lester Tibbles who did likewise in London 2011 – both brought home the international bricklaying Bronze Medallion. See WorldSkills Australia and the Honour Roll.
Peter is currently training Damian Tibbles, younger brother Les Tibbles who has made it through to the National Bricklaying WorldSkills Australia (representing Macquarie Region) to be held in Melbourne October 6-8. Damian works for his brother in Tibbles Bricklaying. We’re really looking forward to seeing Damian compete!
Days such as Lithgow’s trip to the Bathurst TAFE are also made possible based on a financial contribution from the Australian Brick and Blocking Foundation, which helps to fund some of the activities on the day. It’s a team effort, well worth it for the exposure to Bricklaying that these Trade students get at a crucial phase in their career choice thinking.
For students not in a construction pathway at school, another way to try out bricklaying is to undertake a one week Work-Ready program.
Call us at ABBTF if you’re interested in the Trade of Bricklaying, on 1300 30 44 77 or send us details of your interest, using the Student Form which requests a few details from you, to get us started.
ABBTF New South Wales Manager