NEWS: SA – October – 2013

SA Apprentices Compete at Golden Trowel

SA_team_1_600The TAFE SA team with their major 2013 CMAA Golden Trowel project, from left Eric Parletta, Teodore Kleinschmidt and Sam Spears.

The National 2013 CMAA Golden Trowel event saw a strong performance from SA apprentices Sam Spears and Teodor Kleinschmidt, with support from TAFE SA trainer Eric Parletta.  The Golden Trowel competition was held in Coffs Harbour and involved teams from 12 TAFE’s across Australia.

The Concrete Masonry Association of Australia (CMAA) has run the Golden Trowel event every two years for the past 20 years and attracts high quality apprentices.

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Matt is SA Regional WorldSkills Winner

Matt Cheso beside his Gold Medal winning project. Picture courtesy of The Murray Valley Standard.

The South Australian Regional WorldSkills Bricklaying competition has been won by Matt Cheso.  In a high quality competition where apprentices were required to build a decorative wall in eight hours, Matt was judged the winner of the Gold Medal ahead of Nathanual Green (Silver Medal) and Kieran Thompson (Bronze Medal).

“You’re pretty under the pump to get it done in the time provided, so it’s always in the back of your mind whether you’re going to finish or not,” Matt said.

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Positive Signs for Apprentice Opportunities


HIA has forecast improved housing starts each year for the next three years, picking up on 2012 home building activity which was at its lowest point for more than a decade.  There are signs of better prospects for apprentice bricklayers in SA with enrolment numbers improving  over last year.

This activity will give bricklayers the confidence to add a new apprentice to the gang to have the capacity to take on more work.  A talented pool of young people is available with new commencements and first year numbers ahead of last year.  Large enrolments in pre-vocational and VET training courses are already producing good quality apprentices who are work ready.

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