Sawtell’s Mitch Pollard, who works for Josh Armanno, demonstrates his skills at the TAFE Coffs Harbour Campus.
Sawtell’s Mitch Pollard, who works for Josh Armanno, demonstrates his skills at the TAFE Coffs Harbour Campus. Trevor Veale

Building a future for students

WITH the WorldSkills challenge set, young building students converged on Coffs Harbour to demonstrate their skills.

Coffs Harbour’s North Coast TAFE campus hosted two WorldSkills Regional competitions – bricklaying/blocklaying and wall/floor tiling – on Thursday.

The competitions attracted 30 entrants from as far north as Tweed Heads, south to Port Macquarie and west to Inverell.

Bricklaying teacher Paul Venn said the competitors started at 8am and worked from a complex set of plans.

“They used complex instructions to put together a brick and block construction comprising sloping walls, intersections, arches and feature panels, while next door, the wall and floor tilers added their flair to bathroom and kitchen areas,” Mr Venn said.

“In both competitions, success involved considerable planning and layout skills.”

Winners from the local and regional contests will have the opportunity to compete at the National WorldSkills challenge to be held in Sydney in 2012, with the possibility of eventually competing on the international stage in Leipzig, Germany, in 2013.

 

Winners were:

Brick and Blocklaying

1. Dwayne Potter of Tenterfield.

2. Brad Nicoll of Pt Macquarie.

3. Tyrone Dawson of Coffs Harbour.

 

Wall and Floor Tiling

1. Travis Anderson of Grafton.

2. Jacob Webb of Coffs Harbour.

3. Peter Cooper of Coffs Harbour.



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