The Golden Trowel awards is organised by the Concrete Masonry Association of Australia and TAFE NSW and the 2009 event will be held at Bathurst TAFE College.
Each team consists of a teacher and two apprentices. In 2007 ( the last event) a Bathurst TAFE team won the award. Nigel Croke, one of the apprentices from that team, has just won a Bronze Medal at the International WorldSkills Competition in Canada.
The competitors will gather in Bathurst on Sunday evening and at information barbecue they will be given a plan of detailed building project they have to construct with a given quantity of concrete blocks over Monday and up to 12.30 pm on Tuesday.
On Monday morning, Adrian Mitchell, TAFE Western Institute Director, will launch the awards, and the work will begin. Visitors are welcome to view the progress of the event during Monday and Tuesday morning.
The major sponsors for the 2009 awards are Blue Circle Southern Cement and the Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation.
Adrian Mitchell said, "I am looking forward to seeing the competition begin on Monday. A lot of preparation has gone into organising the 2009 Golden Trowel Award at Bathurst TAFE and a lot of training has been undertaken by each of the competing teams to reach the standards we will see at he event.
"It is always a pleasure to meet people who have the enthusiasm and commitment to reach the highest standards attainable in their trade. I would urge anyone with any interest in quality workmanship, particularly in relation to building and construction, to come to Bathurst TAFE and see how teams approach their work.
The Golden Trowel Award perpetual trophy will be presented to the winners at a dinner attended by industry, TAFE and government representatives on Tuesday 22nd.