NEWS: NSW – 2013

Coffs Harbour TAFE Hosts National Golden Trowel

coffs_team_600The team from Coffs Harbour L-R: Tony Gava, Stage 2 Apprentice; Frank Phillips, Teacher; Dylan Lynch, Stage 3 Apprentice.

The 2013 CMAA Golden Trowel Competition was held earlier this month in Coffs Harbour.  Apprentice bricklayer teams from seven NSW TAFE’s along with rivals from Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia vied for the prestigious Golden Trowel Award.

Twelve teams, each comprising a Stage 2 and Stage 3 apprentice and supported by their trainer, built a complex concrete masonry project over two days at the brick/blocklaying training facility at Coffs Harbour TAFE.

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See the Best Apprentices on Show around the State in WorldSkills


The best bricklaying apprentices in NSW will be competing at a number of regional WorldSkills competitions over the coming months.  These events are held every two years and employers, parents and the public are encouraged to attend to see high quality bricklaying skills from an impressive group of current apprentices.

ABBTF has seen an improvement in the skills and quality of young people entering the trade over recent years.  It is good to know that the future of the trade is in good hands with young skilled craftsmen joining the workforce.  WorldSkills apprentices are great examples of the new generation of bricklayers.

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NSW Team Hard at Work for Bricklayers

The ABBTF team is providing a valuable service to bricklayers and new apprentices by the recruiting and placing of new and out-of-trade apprentices with employers in NSW. We encourage you to contact us to discuss your needs.

The service to the trade this year has reached another level with our involvement making a real difference. David Gill and Catherine McCarthy have done a great job in providing support in the following areas:

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