WorldSkills Australia


International WorldSkills Competition – Kazan, Russia 2019 – Wrap Up

International WorldSkills Competition – Kazan, Russia 2019 – Wrap Up A team of apprentices and trainees from across Australia (NSW, Victoria and Queensland) took on the world’s best in Russia. Images Courtesy: WorldSkills Australia 15 competitors from Australia went to Russia for the WorldSkills International competition in August, including Paul Coon who won Gold at […]

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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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Strong Surge in NSW Bricklaying Apprentices

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New Apprentice numbers in New South Wales have increased by 48% over the past 12 months. Apprentice commencements for the year to December 2015 were 327 compared with 221 for the year to December 2014.

The 48% increase in bricklaying apprenticeship starts is well ahead of the 15.7% increase for all construction trades and 20.7% increase for carpentry apprentices.

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Sam Spong’s Journey from Bricklaying Apprentice to International Winner

The last four years have been an exciting and rewarding period in the life of Sam Spong. From the time he first entered Regional WorldSkills in 2011 up to his 2015 WorldSkills International success bringing home Bronze for Australian bricklaying, he’s consistently applied his skills and training, practised hard and maintained a ‘will-to-win’, that’s paid off bigtime.

When he earned the right to enter the National’s in 2012, Sam was 19 and in his third year of his apprenticeship with Job Harkness of J&S Harkness. Job was Australian WorldSkills National Champion 2001 and as such was very inspirational in helping Sam aim high. See WorldSkills International Honour Roll.

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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.

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When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going

There is no doubt whilst southern parts of Queensland are enjoying a building boom, our northern cousins in both Central and North Qld are feeling the flow-on effects of the business downturn in the mining and resource sector. But in true regional style the boys ‘looked on the bright side’, took the opportunity that the slowdown presented and put a big effort into Regional WorldSkills Australia.

Local teacher and WorldSkills Australia regional judge Peter Carr was pleased to once again, hold a regional final and put the best apprentices and young trades people from the area up for the challenge to represent their district at the 2016 national bricklaying finals.

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Interested in trying Bricklaying? Then please contact us on 1300 66 44 96