Matt is SA Regional WorldSkills Winner

The South Australian Regional WorldSkills Bricklaying competition has been won by Matt Cheso. In a high quality competition where apprentices were required to build a decorative wall in eight hours, Matt was judged the winner of the Gold Medal ahead of Nathanual Green (Silver Medal) and Kieran Thompson (Bronze Medal).

“You’re pretty under the pump to get it done in the time provided, so it’s always in the back of your mind whether you’re going to finish or not,” Matt said.

Matt is now eligible to compete at the National WorldSkills competition in Perth in September 2014 against the best apprentices from around the country.

Matt has benefited from winning the previous SA Regional WorldSkills competition in 2011 and competing at the 2012 National WorldSkills competition in Sydney. At the 2012 event Matt won the ABBTF Gun Trowel Award in a bricklaying speed test.

His TAFE SA lecturer, Eric Parletta, said Matt competed at the 2012 nationals, so having that experience behind him should get him into the medals.” Matt completed his bricklayer training at TAFE SA earlier this year and is now fully qualified as a bricklayer and running his own contracting business. It is a credit to Matt that he has won the SA event for a second time.

Second placegetter was Nathanual Green who attends TAFE SA and is employed by Andy Dunn Bricklaying. Nathanual has almost completed the third year of his apprenticeship.

Kieran Thompson from Mt Gambier finished third. Kieran is employed by David Walters through GTES Group Training. All three apprentices are supported by ABBTF subsidies to their employers.

Matt, Nathanual and Kieran demonstrated a high level of bricklaying skills in the competition and again confirmed the quality of young people joining the bricklaying workforce in SA.

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