Perth (Nth & Sth) Regional Comp Ends on a High with National Win

Perth Regional Comp
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The Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre was the venue for the Perth (North and South Region) 2013 WorldSkills Regional bricklaying competition held recently.  In the Skills West Expo, apprentice bricklayers put on an excellent display of their training and skills, supported by all the major training providers and leading employers.  It was simultaneously announced that next year’s National will take place in Perth!

The recent event also included competitions on behalf of all trades and attracted around 7000 young people eager to explore a career or support their mates in the competitions.  For this reason, ABBTF also ran its popular Try-a-Trade again and our thanks go to the industry for its support with this!

Travis_Barry_Greg_James Danealle_GeddesProudly displaying some great project work which formed the basis of the competition were ABN apprentice Danealle Geddes and Travis Barry shown here with his employer Greg James.  The bricklaying contest culminated with a finale 20 minute speed test. In the North and South Regionals the main WorldSkills place-getters were:

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North PerthDylan MarshAbdul LatifJustin Egerton
South PerthNicholas CociSimon RipepiZac Verhagen

The gold and silver medallists from both this competition and from the South West region (Gold medallist Sam Lewis), will be provided with additional training leading up to the national competition next year.  From this squad the steering committee will put forward 3 competitors for that event (final list dependant on availability, floor space for national competition and continuous development).

These final three will go on to compete in the WorldSkills Australia National Competition which has just been announced to take place in Perth in September 2014 (18-20th), a great trades-wide event for Perth and terrific for our local bricklaying competitors from all WA regions – they will no doubt attract a strong support base and have that extra incentive to do well at home.

Come September, 2014, 50 specialised trade and skill competition categories, an interactive Try’aSkill program and over 500 of Australia’s most talented students, trainees and apprentices will be at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre competing in what is the ultimate skills challenge.

Geoff Noble, ABBTF CEO said “ABBTF is working hard with support and promotion to ensure top quality apprentices winning regional WSA bricklaying competitions across Australia are well prepared for the national competition in Perth”.

Dean Pearson
ABBTF WA Manager

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