On the evening of Friday the 17th July there was a gathering of past Australian bricklaying Champions who came together to share insights and advice with Sam Spong who will soon be following the same journey to the international stage, that each took in recent years.
Five of the above have already represented their country in Bricklaying in the world competition, with Sam, our current Champion about to do so. Read more >>
Australian Apprenticeships, the Federal Government Agency which manages apprenticeships in its Centres across the States and Territories, has recently recognised Troy Everett as an Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador. The appointment is in recognition of his excellent work in promoting the skilled trade of bricklaying in Australia and around the world. Read more >>
While most other people were celebrating the incoming New Year, Sam Spong was on a plane on his way to Denmark to train in a bricklaying school there and compete as a guest at that country’s national competition. Sam is Australia’s current WorldSkills Bricklaying champion, having won the National apprenticeship title last year. Sam, from New Berrima, NSW qualified as a Bricklayer last year.
Despite the many differences in our industries, Australia and Denmark have a great rapport and Denmark has built a strong reputation on the back of consistent medals in three of the last four WorldSkills International competitions. Read more >>
In the international bricklaying competition in Leipzig Germany last year a new standard in quality and accuracy of brickwork was set. This was despite assigned Projects the projects becoming more complex and tougher to complete in the allotted 22 hour timeframe. The winning project (from the UK) gained a score of 89.4% which is by far the highest winning score in any former international events.
The main reason behind the outstanding work and scores is that countries are investing more resources to support the mastery of the skills required to do well in WorldSkills competitions. Countries are utilising their involvement to not only do well in the competition but also raise the standard of skills in their respective countries. It’s quite exciting. Read more >>
ABBTF has announced a new scholarship to provide support for the WorldSkills Australia bricklaying competitor in the quest for success at the International WorldSkills competition in Brazil in 2015. Read more >>
The next regional WorldSkills competitions occur in 30 regions across Australia mid-2013. At the end of that cycle the international competition will be in Brazil in 2015, so it is a good time to consider involvement in the competition – whether you are a potential competitor, an employer with an outstanding apprentice you would like […] Read more >>
Last month there was a bricklaying competition held in Sao Paulo, Brazil called the WorldSkills Americas competition to which I was fortunate in obtaining an invite to, because of my role as Chief Expert with the international WorldSkills competitions. It was held at the same time as the Brazil national WorldSkills competition, so it was a very large […] Read more >>