Vic WorldSkills winners are primed for Perth National

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In preparation for the National WorldSkills apprenticeship trade competition September 2014 in Perth, WA, our Victorian Bricklaying contingent got together at Holmesglen TAFE for some intense preparation and training, August 1st and 2nd. The State’s three Regional winners and National contenders are Brydon Beckwith Vic Country Region, Matthew Baxter Melbourne Region, and Matthew Van der Linden Ballarat Region.

We were fortunate to have Troy Everett, WorldSkills Chief Expert in Bricklaying conduct the training over two days. Troy is always generous with his time and his expert advice to the competitors was invaluable and greatly appreciated.

A bricklaying project akin to the national event was put before the candidates over the two days and they were very impressive with their skills and knowledge on how to manage and perform the task. As competitors they are not only giving of their own free time but in some cases the employer is financially supporting them spend extra time at TAFE and work on their skills, in an effort to bring home a Gold, Silver or Bronze. “This shows great commitment from them especially on a weekend when they have worked flat out Monday to Friday and are bypassing social activities” said ABBTF Vic State Manager.

The weekend’s project required strong mental focus, good preparation for when they compete in the Nationals where the assignment extends to three days. Even some very skilled bricklayers with years of experience admit they would struggle with the level of expertise required. We applaud the efforts of those involved, “I’d like to thank our three young men for their commitment and that of their respective employers, C&S Lightweight Systems and C&M Pennant Bricklaying.” Brydon Beckwith is now self-employed.

ABBTF is giving its full support to WorldSkills by establishing the ABBTF World Class Bricklayer Development Scholarship to support the preparation and training of the ultimate bricklayer apprentice who wins the National event and then represents Australia at the International event in Brazil in 2015.

 

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