Lester Tibbles Wins Bronze For Australia





Lester Tibbles has won a bronze medal in bricklaying at the recent International WorldSkills Competition in London, UK.


This is the world’s largest and most prestigious trade skills competition.

The 22 year old from Crookwell NSW, competed against 27 of the best bricklayers in the world at the International WorldSkills Competition, and dug deep to win the bronze in a 22 hour competition.


He was representing Australia as a member of the ‘Skillaroos’, a team of 28 young Australians selected to represent their country in their respective skills.

He was also honoured to be the Australian team’s flag bearer at the opening ceremony.


The competition tested the speed, skills, accuracy, endurance and old fashioned ticker of the entrants, who all had to build three complex projects within 22 hours. Lester is now a fully qualified bricklayer after studying at Bathurst TAFE and completing his apprenticeship.


Lester’s trainer Troy Everett said “I am so very proud of his efforts and how he has done himself proud in representing his industry, employer, sponsors, supporters, training organisation, region, family and of course his country.”


Lester is also a previous winner of the Concrete Masonry Association of Australia (CMAA) Golden Trowel Competition in 2009.


February 6 2012



Lester Tibbles Claims Gold At National Worldskills Competition



A recent competition to award the title of Australia's top bricklayer at WorldSkills 2010 saw Australia's young apprentice bricklayers gather for three days at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, where regional NSW bricklaying apprentice, Lester Tibbles, edged out the other contestants to claim gold. 


"Thirteen of the best young bricklayers from across Australia were in Brisbane, giving it their all - and in the end it was a close contest. Lester Tibbles may have taken the Gold Medal but the craft of bricklaying in this country was also a big winner this weekend," said Geoff Noble, General Manager of the Australian Brick and Blocklaying Training Foundation (ABBTF).
"These boys are the new face of bricklaying. Being here at WorldSkills, and seeing the high level of skill that each of them has brought to the competition, shows that the future of bricklaying is in good hands," added Noble.
The thirteen apprentice bricklayers worked solidly over three days to build a number of complicated projects, which aimed to test their skills in reading a plan, setting out, and laying bricks and blocks with accuracy. It was the 'Top Gun' speed bricklaying event however, sponsored by the ABBTF, that brought onlookers to their feet.
"The boys were really working up a sweat however they never let the quality of their work slide. Despite the pressure, Lester kept a cool head and managed to snatch the 'Top Gun' title for himself due to his superior speed with the trowel. He's a highly skilled young man and will do Australia proud at the World titles to be held in London next year," said Noble.


May 24 2010


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The 2009 Golden Trowel Award winners from TAFE Western

The 2009 Golden Trowel Award winners from TAFE Western, teacher Geoff Pollock and apprentices Brent Sheather and Lester Tibbles.


The 9th Biennial Golden Trowel Award, organised by the Concrete Masonry Association of Australia and TAFE Western, was held at Bathurst in NSW. Winner of the 2009 Golden Trowel Award is the TAFE Western team from Bathurst TAFE College. A Bathurst team won the previous 2007 Award but, of course the 2009 team was made up of different apprentices and even a different teacher.

Thirteen teams (8 from NSW and one each from A.C.T, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia) competed for the prestigious award.

Each team, comprising a class teacher, Stage 2 student and Stage 3 student, completed a detailed building project to a set plan with a given quantity of concrete blocks.

For onlookers, the quality of work and workmanship was astonishing. Each team seemed to approach the task in a different way, but the final projects were indistinguishable to anyone without detailed industry experience. The judges were industry professionals and trainers.


The competition proved an ideal platform to showcase the features of concrete block construction and also the skills of the competing apprentices.

After the competition each competing team was recognised at an industry dinner with presentations of "gold" spirit levels. Most of the teams were formed after competitions held across each state or in the case of NSW teams, across their TAFE institutes.

It was an honour for each team member to be representing their state or Institute at the event.