Troy Everett


China Proves a Valuable Training Experience for Trystan

I was recently able to arrange a WorldSkills International training experience in China for Australia’s Bricklaying entrant in the world event in Abu Dhabi October, Trystan Sammut. The Chinese competition’s primary purpose was to assist that country in selecting its competitor for the world stage. I cannot stress how valuable this event proved to be as a training opportunity for Trystan.

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Great Dane of Bricklaying is Training Down Under

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Jens-Peter Vestergaard is a great example of how hard work and commitment to the opportunities presented by WorldSkills, can take a young bricklaying apprentice anywhere.

Two years ago Jens-Peter won the Danish National Bricklaying competition in Copenhagen and went on to win Silver last year in the international competition in Sao Paulo, alongside Australian Sam Spong who brought home Bronze.

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Bricklaying’s Trystan Sammut Makes the Cut for International Skills Squad

With WorldSkills Australia’s National comp behind us, the focus now turns to selecting the very best team possible to take on the rest of the world in Abu Dhabi in October 2017. The Skills Squad for Abu Dhabi can only accommodate 20-24 places, out of 44 Gold Medal winners – and its good news for Bricklaying!

I’m pleased to say the well-deserved Gold medallist in the Bricklaying category, Trystan Sammut from Ballarat has been named in the Skills Squad which means he will now be assessed for Australian Team selection. This process is important because the competitors need to be made aware of the rigorous training requirements as well as the ambassadorial responsibilities attached to the role. They have to make the decision to commit to the whole journey, or not take part.

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Young Brickies Shine at National WorldSkills Competition

Over the past week brickies from all over have converged on Melbourne showgrounds to fight it out for Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the National WorldSkills Australia Competition. The calibre of bricklaying competitors was extremely high and all competitors put all they had into producing their best in the three days of the competition.

Further to this, all of the judges were extremely impressed by how each of the bricklaying competitors conducted themselves and promoted the trade to the huge crowd that came through.

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See the Trade in Full Flight in Melbourne

The countdown is on with the final three weeks of bricklaying preparation before the National WorldSkills Australia competition. It takes place at the Melbourne showgrounds between the 6th and 8th of October so if you’re able, get on down for an amazing display of the best talent in Australia, across all the trades.

Many of the bricklaying competitors have been inspired by the events at the recent Olympic Games where there were so many great stories around outstanding achievement, sportsmanship and producing your best when it counts.

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Career choice decisions around the kitchen table

At this time of year a lot of discussions around the kitchen table are about ‘What happens now that school has finished?’ Some students as young as at Year 10 level decide schools no longer for them, and many Year 11 and 12 students move out of the secondary system, often uncertain about their next step to joining the workforce and setting out on a career.

Research tells us that over half our apprentices come into bricklaying on the advice of someone close to them, family or friends or through knowing a bricklayer. These recommendations come from people who care and have the best interests of the apprentice at heart.

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Australian Sam Spong wins Bricklaying Bronze at WorldSkills against world’s best

Sam Spong has won a Bronze medal at the WorldSkills International 2015 competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The medal was a great result and a reward for Sam’s dedication and hard work in preparing for the event this past year. Sam scored 524 points out of a possible 600, only seven points behind the winner from Italy and two points off Silver.

The competition was very even and hard fought with the 27 competitors challenged by the complexities of the three separate project designs, some of which were changed or replaced prior to the start of the event.

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