Warm Up for Bricklaying WorldSkills Brings Top Nations Down Under


Right now for four days, four world class visiting students of bricklaying, under 23 years, are in Perth in preparation for the International WorldSkills title, having won their national titles last year.

They’ll pit their skills against Australia’s 2013 National Champion Perth bricklayer, Alan Ramsden before they all go to the main event taking place in July in Leipzig, Germany with many other nations.  This warm up event titled ‘Global Skills Challenge’ gives national representatives a great opportunity to test their skills under pressure.  It’s a real competition environment working on projects that are not dissimilar to those they are likely to face in Germany.

For bricklaying the international competitors joining Australia’s Alan Ramsden are Jacob Bell from Canada, Xu Beibei from China, Andrew Heath from New Zealand and Ashley Terron from the UK.  A warm welcome to them all from ABBTF!

The comp officially started yesterday and will run through to Friday and takes place at Polytechnic West’s Midland Campus.  Supporting bricklaying’s part of the event are Eddie Campbell as facilitating manager, Troy Everett national expert and Eric Davis from Qld.

I am pleased to say that this event (as with all competitions in bricklaying) is strongly supported by the ABBTF and allied partners.  These include ABN, HIA, Challenger TAFE, Trades North, Kennard’s Hire, Cockburn Cement and Polytechnic West.

The event is not open to the public.  However industry has been in attendance and is using this as a launching pad to hopefully securing a Perth based national WorldSkills competition in 2014!  How good would that be!

Dean Pearson, ABBTF WA Manager

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