WorldSkills Australia competitor Eddie Campbell reveals secrets of an undervalued brickie trade

BEING a great “brickie” requires more than just brawn, according to industry king Eddie Campbell
Sam Lewis, a bricklayer, and Nicholas Coci, a 3rd year apprentice bricklayer with lecture

Sam Lewis, a bricklayer, and Nicholas Coci, a 3rd year apprentice bricklayer with lecturer and expert brickie Eddie Campbell. Photo: Daniel Wilkins Source: News Limited

BEING a great “brickie” requires more than just brawn, according to industry king Eddie Campbell.

Mr Campbell, who has been in the field for 50 years, is coaching the WA bricklaying team at the upcoming WorldSkills Australia competition.

More than 500 of the country’s top apprentices will compete across 46 categories at the event, which will attract 40,000 spectators to the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

“To be a good bricklayer you have to be highly skilled, not just physically in the manual art of bricklaying, but you have to have the constructional knowledge and intellectual skills,” Mr Campbell, a lecturer at Polytechnic West, said.

Other categories at WorldSkills Australia include carpentry, bakery, web design and plumbing.

Bunbury resident and bricklaying contestant Sam Lewis is representing WA, and moved to Perth for a five-week intensive training course with Mr Campbell.

He said he chose brick laying as a profession that allowed him to be outdoors.

“I didn’t want to be in an office,” he said.

The WorldSkills Australia national competition is on September 18-20.

Hands-on: Bricklayer Sam Lewis and apprentice Nicholas Coci study with lecturer Eddie Campbell for the 2014 WorldSkills Australia games. They will be judged on cutting, marking and laying bricks, with a challenge to create a WA-themed shape.

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