For the second time in succession Nikolas Foster, Apprentice Bricklayer with ABN Training, has won the Gold Medal at his Regional WorldSkills Australia Competition, in South West WA. SW-WA’s event was the second round of Regional WA comps, with the other two WA Regions completed last month.Read more >>
When people think of what you can construct in bricks they think of BBQ’s, new homes, high rise buildings and even garden walls. But the guys competing in WorldSkills’ Global Skills Challenge (GSC) are taking it to an all new level of intricacy in training for WorldSkills International in October this year.Read more >>
On Friday March 3, young Bricklaying tradesman Adrian Clark joined the list of young Qld bricklayers taking on the world – this time, as a recipient of one of just three overseas training scholarships awarded by the Queensland Overseas Foundation (QOF) for 2017.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.Read more >>
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.
The WorldSkills International competition has been expanding at a rapid rate. Only five years ago the organisation set the target of having a minimum of 70 member countries by 2020. We are in 2015 and there are now 74 member countries so this is a great sign that the world is recognising the importance of skills development and excellence.Read more >>
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.
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.
Following on from his strong placing at fourth in the 2014 National WorldSkills Australia finals in Perth, young Mackay bricklayer, Toby Tosh, has been selected as one of two competitors from the National finals to work on the construction of the new Australian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.
Also selected to work on this complex and exciting job, along with Toby, was Matthew Cheso from South Australia who finished second in the national event.