Wednesday, September 5th, 2012 - Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation

Todd Richards from Mackay Queensland has won the 2012 WorldSkills National Bricklaying Competition. Todd was competing in a field of 13 apprentices who had won their regional competitions to qualify for the national event.

Todd’s Gold Medal performance was even more remarkable as the majority of his work in Central Queensland involves laying concrete masonry blocks rather than clay bricks. The competition required pressed clay bricks which Todd had never laid prior to the three day event.

Todd gave credit for his success to his employer Col Sommerfeld and trainer Peter Carr from Central Queensland Institute of Technology in Rockhampton who both provided strong encouragement and support for his entry.

ABBTF, in its role of promoting a nationally strong and skilled bricklaying workforce, is a major supporter of the WorldSkills competition and was on hand to co-ordinate activities and assist competitors at Homebush in Sydney this weekend.

ABBTF General Manager, Geoff Noble said, “Todd is a great example of the talent, skills and commitment that exists with many young bricklayers around the country. We are seeing a new generation of excellent young bricklayers emerge in the trade. They are well trained, ambitious, mature and very capable of achieving successful careers in the industry.”

The WorldSkills competition was held over three days with competitors required to build two complex brick projects in limited time. Bricklaying is just part of this massive national trade skills competition leading to the biannual international WorldSkills competition.

The Silver Medallist in the competition was young Alan Ramsden, just turning 18 years, from Perth, WA. Matthew Barratt from Hobart in Tasmania won the Bronze Medal, continuing a family tradition of great competition performers.

ABBTF congratulates the winners and all the apprentices who trained hard and competed in this ever-improving high quality WorldSkills competition.
Contacts: Geoff Noble: ABBTF General Manager 0418 388 774
Further references: Blogs
Images of Todd Richards are available on request.

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Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation

Background to Australian Brick & Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF)
The ABBTF was established by manufacturers of clay brick and concrete masonry throughout Australia to ensure there is an adequate and competent bricklaying and blocklaying workforce. Its purpose is to support the demand for bricks and blocks as a construction material and improve the standing of bricklayers and blocklayers within the industry.

ABBTF apprenticeship programs to address the skill shortage in bricklaying are funded by a small levy on the sale of clay bricks and concrete masonry and a matching contribution from brick and block manufacturers. The levy represents $16 on the cost of an average Australian house and $40 for double brick construction, the prominent brick in Western Australia.

Geoff Noble from ABBTF is available for interview and con be contacted on 0418 388 774 or 03 9556 3033. Visit the industry stakeholder site: or the student’s site:
Geoff Noble
P: 0418 388 774


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