IN TRAINING: Isaac Machin practises his talents as one of the national finalists for the Bricklaying WorldSkills competition.
IN TRAINING: Isaac Machin practises his talents as one of the national finalists for the Bricklaying WorldSkills competition. Sharyn Oneill Roksbrick

Isaac taking on the best at Bricklaying WorldSkills in Perth

MOUNT Morgan's Isaac Machin bricklaying work can be seen all over the Rockhampton region, but come September he'll be competing in an event similar to the Olympics for tradies.

His talents have landed him in the national event for the Bricklaying WorldSkills competition to be held in Perth.

Isaac, along with two other bricklayers from Mackay, have been practising their skills in Rockhampton yesterday and today.

The 21-year-old said he started his apprenticeship when he was 15.

"I didn't really like school so I did a step out program which Peter helped me with," he said.

"I enjoy bricklaying because you're outside and you don't have to deal with the public."

Isaac, who also entered in the last competition and placed third, said he would always notice his work around the Rockhampton area and was proud of what he had achieved.

"I drive past some of the work of I've done before, I do feel proud I guess," he said.

"It'd be great to win, but it's just about having a go."

Peter Carr, a bricklaying teacher, regional convenor and National WorldSkills judge, is conducting this training which will prepare these tradies for the national event.

Peter described the event as the Olympics of trade.

"It's about encouraging young people to excel in their trade, and were looking for quality, and promoting quality," Peter said yesterday.

"At the last national competition, there was around 100,000 people through the doors, so it's a really big event. This year we've got four people competing from Queensland, three from regional areas."

Bricklaying WorldSkills

Regional competitions were conducted in 2013 and the gold medal winners now have the opportunity to compete at the national event.

The national winner will have the opportunity to compete at the international event in 2015.



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