Proud Highbury Homes host trainers apprentice competing in International WorldSkills Competition


WA Bricklaying Apprentice Competing in International WorldSkills Competition HIA Bricklaying Apprentice, Alan Ramsden is preparing to compete at an international level, showcasing his world class skills within his trade. Alan was successful in the Regional and National level WorldSkills competitions, qualifying him to compete at the 2013 International WorldSkills Competition in Leipzig, Germany.

At 18 years of age, Alan has achieved well beyond his expectations within his chosen trade, however preparation for the WorldSkills Competition has been a long journey. Alan always liked the idea of becoming a Bricklayer, being able to work outdoors and learning how to build something from scratch were two of the key attractions for him. During high school Alan decided to try his hand at bricklaying and enrolled himself in a pre-apprenticeship course. Alan really enjoyed the work and continued on with a full time apprenticeship with the Housing Industry Association. There are many reasons why Alan believes this industry is so well suited to him, “to me what I most enjoy about the trade is that I am not stuck behind a desk, the work is relatively stress free, I get to work outside, am given a lot of freedom and I am able to enjoy the fruits of my hard work by standing back and appreciating the finished product. The fact that I earn a great living through doing what I love is also a great bonus,” said Alan.

Alan attributes his success to the support and mentoring he has received from his host trainer Mark Niebieszanski, of Highbury Homes and his TAFE lecturer Eddie Campbell of Polytechnic West. “Eddie and Mark have been so incredibly supportive of me both professionally and personally. Not only did they teach me everything I know about Bricklaying but they have shaped me into the person I am today. I hope that one day, I will be looked up to as a mentor the way I look up to them now,” said Alan. Alan joins 30 other competitors within the WorldSkills Australia International Team, the ‘Skillaroos’, also known as Team Australia, are made up of Australia’s best young skilled apprentices, trainees and workers that have successfully progressed through the National Competition. They are selected based on criteria such as; age, National Competition scores, skill-set and commitment. The ‘Skillaroos’, departs on Tuesday 25th June for Germany to compete in the week long WorldSkills Competition commencing on the 2nd of July. WorldSkills Australia focuses on the development, recognition, and promotion of skills excellence in young Australians, stimulating their confidence to excel in their trade or skill by inspiring and providing them with an opportunity to showcase their trade and skill talent. This is achieved through competitions held on a regional, national and international level, all three levels of competition run biennially.

Making Alan’s WorldSkills experience possible is thanks to the Housing Industry Association of WA for funding his training efforts in the lead up to the competition, the Australian Brick and Block Laying Training Foundation, Polytechnic West TAFE and his mentors in Mark and Eddie. We wish Alan every success as he represents Australia at the 2013 WorldSkills Competition.

Enews HIA from the Director’s Desk 21.06.13