Will the most accomplished Apprentice Bricklayer for 2016 please step forward!
Which monster event soon to hit the halls of the Melbourne Showgrounds will use over 7,500 bricks, 90kg of chocolate, 3,250 stems of flowers and foliage and 8 tonnes of steel, amongst other materials?
Yes it’s the 18th National WorldSkills Australia, featuring 60 skills competitions, an in-house career expo and a range of fun and interactive Try’aSkill activities. The competition will take over 25,000sqm of floor space (equivalent to the MCG) from October 6-8. Those lucky enough to attend will witness the absolute best of the country’s apprentices in action and at their peak!
Our most skilful bricklayers, selected from Regional WorldSkills competitions conducted over the past year or so across the nation, will be demonstrating their knowledge, skill and aptitude and vying for the honour of being named the champion apprentice bricklayers for 2016: Gold, Silver and Bronze medals will be awarded to the most accomplished, following judging by an experienced team of experts led by Troy Everett, International Chief Expert – WorldSkills Australia. All participants are to be soundly congratulated for participating in their Regional events and in reaching the national finals. Win or not, it’s a mighty and an enjoyable experience that will benefit all competitors in times to come, for having taken part and done their best on the day.
Our 12 bricklaying competitors are required to build a detailed brickwork design with an AFL inspired theme. They must construct the projects according to plans and specifications, and the judges will assess dimensions, level, alignment, angles and detail.
In wishing the contenders well Troy Everett said “Many of our 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. I would like to wish each of them all the very best and I am looking forward to seeing you all in action at the big event where the bricklaying competition is not only our ultimate apprenticeship skills test but a great spectacle for all”.
Representing their Regions, in chronological order of the regions, are:
- Adelaide: Jae Edwards
- Ballarat / Wimmera: Trystan Sammut
- Brisbane: Adrian Clark
- Central Queensland: Pat Sommerfeld
- Gold Coast, QLD: Jack Sommerfeld
- Macquarie: Damien Tibbles
- Melbourne: Andrew O’Connor
- Mid Coast, NSW: Michael Bonar
- Perth North: Conrad Yeeles
- Perth South: Ethan Warner
- South West WA: Nikolas Foster
- Tasmania: Arron Ladlow