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WorldSkills Australia Bricklaying Champions Unite in Support of Sam Spong

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.


Contractors, Trainers, Builders – Preparing for Better Times through Training

‘Tough times don’t last.  Tough people do.’  How true that is.  Reflections on WorldSkills. Working in the building industry we have definitely been facing tough times – an issue since the GFC hit three years ago.  However as we know construction occurs in cycles, we have our booms and we have our lows. Neither lasts […]


Bricklaying’s National WorldSkills Winner had Never Laid a Pressed Brick Before!

A mighty battle was fought for the National title this weekend in Sydney with the victorious Gold Medal winner Todd Richards from Mackay Qld, never having once laid pressed clay bricks used for the National competition. North of Rockhampton, about 90% of masonry construction is in concrete block and the remainder in wire cut clay bricks, […]


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