Travelling the world through bricklaying
If you have a negative perception of bricklaying and Australian Apprenticeships you should speak to Troy Everett.
Troy has travelled all over the world for various projects and competitions since completing a Certificate III in Bricklaying.
The Wollongong-resident has provided world-leading technical advice in Europe, North America, South America and Asia and has also trained a WorldSkills Australia National Competition gold medallist, and several international competitors.
Recently, Troy spearheaded a team that travelled to Bangladesh and constructed an innovative solution to provide clean drinking water for a remote community.
Troy was also unanimously voted by more than 30 countries to be the International Chief Expert for Bricklaying category at the 43rd WorldSkills International Competition in São Paulo, Brazil.
“I was just a hardworking bricky from Wollongong and now I get invited to places like Brazil, Russia and Denmark,” Troy said.
“It is crazy that some weeks I am dealing with the absolute elite in bricklaying and other weeks I’m improving health standards by building brickwork sanitation blocks in remote Bangladesh.”
Troy is a long-time teacher at TAFE NSW - Illawarra Institute overseeing bricklaying, carpentry, civil engineering and construction courses at different times.
He admitted he ‘is a bricky at heart’ but sees the versatility as a key benefit of the trade.
“Bricklaying is a trade where if you work hard you can go into business for yourself reasonably quickly and cheaply, compared to other trades,” he said.
“I liked working with my hands, the change of scenery and meeting new people – and I got a buzz out of building good work.
“One of the most visual aspects of a building is the brick work, and I enjoyed being responsible for that part and doing a great job.
“Employers are recognising that investing in Australian Apprentices is good for business.
“If they are willing to put in effort and give them the right guidance, it comes back to them tenfold.”
Watch Troy's success story: The Bricklayer: Troy's Story.
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