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.
The standard of bricklaying is expected to be high again building on the achievements of past years where Toby Tosh finished fourth at the National WorldSkills Australia competition in Perth in 2014 and Todd Richards Richards who won the National WorldSkills Australia competition in 2012 in Sydney.
Central Queensland apprentices have also performed well by being the only team outside New South Wales to win the coveted CMAA Golden Trowel Competition.
Tony Bishop, ABBTF Qld Manager said “My involvement with WorldSkills Australia goes back over 15 years but it’s always pleasing to see the regional areas hosting finals especially in challenging times for the region. We at ABBTF and our manufacturers are proud to support these events together with the gratefully received products donated from the local industry. This, along with the ABBTF World Class Bricklayer Scholarship further entrenches the ABBTF as an integral part of the industry.”
Judging has just finished and the winner is Patrick Sommerfeld. The runner up was Isaac Machin with Trent Thomasson finishing third. Congratulations Patrick and we look forward to seeing you at the WorldSkills Australia National competition in 2016.
ABBTF Queensland Manager