TAFE NSW Bathurst apprentice Josh Mumberson last night picked up a prestigious 2018 Excellence in Brick and Blocklaying Award at a special ceremony at Doltone House, Sydney.
Josh was crowned the best Brick and Blocklaying Apprentice in the Central West at the awards, which are staged by Masonry Contractors Australia as part of their mission to improve the quality, reliability and integrity of the industry.
Josh, who is studying a Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying at TAFE NSW Bathurst and works at Roy Wotton Bricklaying, Bathurst, was over the moon with the result.
“I was really shocked to hear that I had won this award and I feel honoured to be named as one of the best brick and blocklaying apprentices in NSW,” he said.
“This award will give me the motivation to keep learning all that I can to improve my skills and make a good career from this industry.”
Josh was nominated for the award by TAFE NSW Bathurst Brick and Blocklaying Teacher Peter Moore, who said, “Josh has got a really positive attitude towards his work – it’s a great quality to have in our industry,” he said.
“Everything that Josh does is of the highest quality. He’s talented and a hard worker and I see Josh having a really bright, long-term future and becoming an asset to our industry.”
TAFE NSW’s Head of SkillsPoint Infrastructure, Energy and Construction, Chris Pracy, said Josh was one of eight TAFE NSW brick and blocklaying apprentices to receive excellence awards.
“I’m proud of the level of quality demonstrated by these apprentices – it’s a testament to their commitment and to the excellent support provided to them by our teachers and our state-of-the-art practical training facilities,” he said.
“TAFE NSW brick and blocklaying apprentices have a strong track record in winning awards like this, but, more importantly, they excel at getting employed and getting ahead.”
According to research conducted by the Australian Government, more than 24,000 people are employed in bricklaying, blocklaying and stone masonry industries Australia-wide annually, with 12,000 predicted new jobs to be created by 2022 to meet growing industry demand. If you would like to learn more or to gain qualifications to work in these industries, visit http://www.tafensw.edu.au/ or phone 131 601.