NEWS: QLD – July – 2013

Jack Sommerfeld Takes Out NQ’s Regional WorldSkills Title

P1020663a_600Back L-R: Craig White – Area Manager Austral Bricks, Daniel Blaser – General Manager Austral Bricks Qld, Josh Hoffman – Col Sommerfeld Bricklaying, Toby Tosh – Phil Tosh Bricklaying, Ben Alexander – Greg Mullins Bricklaying, Jack Sommerfeld – Col Sommerfeld Bricklaying, Tony Bishop – ABBTF Qld Manager
Front L-R: Pat Sommerfeld – Col Sommerfeld Bricklaying, front right Peter Carr – Bricklaying Teacher CQIT. Absent is Tim Tosh – Phil Tosh Bricklaying

The third of Queensland’s Regional WorldSkills competitions for 2013 was held 23 July – the North Qld Regional Final – at Mackay TAFE’s new campus.  There were 6 contenders and taking out first place was Jack Sommerfeld – well done Jack!

Jack follows in the footsteps of Todd Richards, also from the Mackay region, who went on to be winner of the Australia National WorldSkills title, in Sydney in 2012.  More information on the Nationals is available in last year’s blog on the event, found here.

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Bricklaying Myth Busters


Myth: Engaging a bricklaying apprentice is tough work!

Choosing to put a bricklaying apprentice on the ‘right way’ makes all the difference between a successful completion and a cancellation midstream.

Many bricklayers are good at laying bricks but struggle with the perceived complexities of engaging, employing and retaining apprentices, especially in times of little or no work.

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New Apprentice Mentoring Scheme Offers Support

Phil HarrisThe apprentices of today are expected to become the qualified tradesmen of tomorrow.  However, with around half of all apprentices cancelling their apprenticeships within the first two years, Queensland may be struggling to find quality tradesmen when the industry picks up.

To combat this decline Master Builders Queensland recently launched the Construction Apprenticeship Mentoring Scheme (CAMS) supported by the Commonwealth Government through the Apprenticeship Mentoring Program and funded by the Australia Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

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