A bricklaying team from TAFE NSW Western Institute have something to smile about, after they were named winners of the GoldenTrowel Award at the 2007 annual awards held at Wollongong by the Concrete Masonry Association of Australia in co-operation with TAFE NSW.
The winning team comprised Peter Moore, Bricklaying Teacher with TAFE NSW - Western Institute at Bathurst and bricklaying apprentices, Dale is a 2nd year apprentice with Dooley Thompson at Parkes and Nigel is a 3rd year apprentice with W (Bill) Searl of Crookwell.
This two-day event is held by the Concrete Masonry Association of Australia to encourage excellence among apprentices and recognise the skills of young people in the brick and blocklaying trade.
Teams include a teacher and two students, with teams coming from all over Australia. All TAFEs and colleges in NSW that teach brick/blocklaying are invited to participate as well as teams from ACT, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.
Dianne Murray, Institute Director, TAFE NSW Illawarra Institute said. "Of the 15 teams, 9 were from TAFE NSW and they were all terrific. The Northern Territory was the only state/territory not represented. The Concrete Masonry Association Australia (CMAA) and the industry sponsors were really pleased with the competition and in particular with the role TAFE NSW plays as a partner with the CMAA in holding the competition. "
Bathurst teacher, Peter Moore explained, "The competing teams were each given a project brief, incorporating a task requiring a quantity of concrete blocks, together with a package of concrete blocks and then their work was judged on a prescribed marking scale by industry experts."
"It was a great honour for our team to be recognised in this way and highlights the quality of training and workmanship achieved in this region. Dale and Nigel are apprentices who have worked hard to achieve this standard and who have been continuously supported by their employers".