2016 MCAA Masonry Skills Challenge
Tony Bishop, ABBTF’s State Manager in Qld, is again on home soil after lending his skill and support to the judging of the US Masonry industry’s equivalent of our WorldSkills Australia national bricklaying competition, the MCAA Skills Challenge. Being a much larger country, it makes sense that their national bricklaying competition is for first, second and third year skill levels compared to our overall Regional winners of all Apprenticeship levels. Tony had been invited to be part of the judging team following an association that has built up with the Queenslanders participation in the MCAA’s World’s Best Bricklayer Fastest Trowel event, as well as an MCA relationship. Early February is a big week in US bricklaying, as the MCAA Convention takes place, with these great events and much more, enjoyed by bricklayers coming from all over the States and beyond.
The event is held in Las Vegas and Tony and others had a great time doing what they do best! The Skills Challenge, which Tony was part of judging, is described by the MCAA as “a showcase for skills training in the masonry industry, challenging winning apprentices from regional U.S. and foreign competitions to determine the top masonry apprentice at each level. This exciting competition spotlights our industry’s finest young masons and focuses attention on careers in the masonry industry.” The judges were impressed with the quality of the apprentices’ construction, and had the tough decision of choosing the winners.
The growing link between the MCAA, ABBTF and our local MCA should foster knowledge sharing and productive international relationships will into the future. Furthermore, the honour of being invited to be part of the judging team was a first for ABBTF and for Tony, who did his best to keep us informed via Facebook and email while managing a tight schedule.