He’s a Queenslander, a Gympie bricklayer, an amazing employer of many determined apprentices and a fantastic hand. Thanks Andrew Hosking! Affectionately known as the “Minister for Mud”, Andrew Hosking recently gave up a week of his own busy workload to head to Perth and lend a hand with the National WorldSkills Bricklaying competition.
Mixing mud and making 27 to 30 batches a day to keep up with 14 keen bricklaying competitors was a competition in itself! Andrew’s energy and enthusiasm at our most important national event was appreciated by organisers and competitors alike.
He knows this competition well having had two of his own apprentices compete in previous WorldSkills national events. He has also given of his time in many previous WorldSkills events and in September last year was awarded WorldSkills Volunteer of the Month. Andrew said the mortar mix in Perth was high quality due to the excellent sharp pit sand (bricklayers loam) and the off white bricklayers cement provided for WorldSkills.
“The sand was clean and sharp to give enough workability and was the best sand I have worked with. There was no need for air entraining product or agents to make the mortar workable. The off white cement was a lime pre-mix in the bag.”
Being the “Minister for Mud” Andrew knows how to mix a good consistent batch. However, while he said the mix was perfect for the WorldSkills competition, for a good mix on site, bucket batching was the ultimate for consistency.
ABBTF QLD Manager