Industry Abuzz as WorldSkills Australia Pre-Comp Hots Up
Sam Spong (current WorldSkills Australia bricklaying champion) is set to represent Australia in Sao Paulo, Brazil in August this year in the International competition. Getting ready for the next round, Western Australia is going strong with a record breaking number of entries for the WorldSkills Australia WA regional champion 2015.
This year WA could have as many as four regional competitions (compared to three in the last Regionals). These will include:
- South West (Albany, Bunbury to Peel) on 29-30 July, SWIT Bunbury
- South Metropolitan on 21-22 August Perth Convention Centre (Skills West Expo)
- North Metropolitan on 21-22 August Perth Convention Centre (Skills West Expo)
- The Northwest – Lancelin to Carnarvon, the date and location to be confirmed.
In anticipation of these events, much pre-competition training has already taken place involving as many as 20 apprentices/applicants, with even more scheduled to occur. WA bricklaying has had recent excellent results in the National WorldSkills Australia and international arena with Alan Ramsden doing us proud in 2013!
Pre-competition training has been held at Polytechnic West Balga, SWIT in Bunbury and Skillhire in Kewdale, with a fourth scheduled for Challenger TAFE in Rockingham.
With over 19 participation applications received for the Metropolitan area alone, Fiona Johnson WA state manager for WorldSkills Australia reported that,”We have had a terrific response to the bricklaying training opportunity”. “This year the response has been greater than any other year recorded, partly due to the support and promotion offered by the ABBTF.”
To date the Bricklaying WorldSkills Committee in WA has worked tirelessly to ensure that every opportunity is afforded to maintain and grow the presence of this event where possible.
The committee is made up of passionate industry representatives who believe in the trade and in the promotion of trade training, come from opposing training organisations and employer groups as well as government and of course the ABBTF.
They include Fiona Johnson DTWD, Eddie Campbell Polytechnic West Balga, Loris Moriconi ABN Training, Brad Wickham Trades North, Rob Christenson HIA, Mark Baker SWIT, Hayley McBride Challenger TAFE, Steve Doubell CTF, Wayne Sutherland Skillhire, Daniel Kemp Silver Trowel, Paul Wharmby Polytechnic West, Ian Fitzgerald ABBTF and Dean Pearson ABBTF.
Many of these people have dedicated time and energy (much of which is after hours) to ensure that the competition lives on and that the best quality applicants are sourced mentored, trained and prepared for the competition.
It is also worth mentioning that both Austral and Midland Brick have been very generous in donating much material for WorldSkills Australia training and competitions this year as they have done in previous years.
“In addition to supporting the ABBTF this type of ongoing investment demonstrates that the quality brick manufacturers in WA believe in trade training and our youth”, said Dean Pearson.
For further information about bricklaying’s participation in WorldSkills Australia visit our website page, which includes an Honour Roll of past winners. If you know someone who should be in the Regionals, and isn’t yet, or for details about the 2015 regional bricklaying competitions call us. For other WorldSkills Australia information, please go to the official website at http://www.worldskills.org.au or contact Fiona Johnson directly on 0432 757 096.