We’re pumped! The National WorldSkills, all trades competition will be held soon in WA: September 18 – 20, with around 50 trades and skills groups gathered in Perth. The bricklaying comp will be a real test of skills and competence for the 17 talented young bricklayers from across Australia vying to be the nation’s best.
The specified project involves building a wall featuring the year of competition (2014), the trowel and the host State (illustrated by the black swan and WA) in the wall. The project is difficult and has to be completed in 18 hours over three days, along with the ABBTF “Gun Trowel” speed test. Competitors will use their speed and accuracy skills to complete the task against the clock in the heat of the competition.
The assignment, designed to test the best, includes clay bricks and concrete masonry and will be judged for line, level, plum and dimension. The correct angles are important as well as the joints, finish and the overall appearance. Joints will vary across the job and include recessed, flush and rolled ironed. Many, far more experienced bricklayers would find this project a real challenge! The program reflects some of the highest skills that can be achieved in bricklaying. Take the challenge and use the plans here to test your skills – Why not conduct your own local comp?
Perth is shaping up as one of the best events in years. High caliber competitors are in serious training around the country intent on winning the title and becoming an Aussie Skillaroo set for Brazil. Follow them on Facebook.
From all the team at ABBTF, the best of luck to all competitors.