TWO TasTAFE trained plastering apprentices have won an Australasian plastering competition.
In late October, Mitchell Stephen and William Browne won the Association of Wall and Ceiling Industries (AWCI) Australia and New Zealand 2018 Apprentice Skills Challenge held in Perth, Western Australia.
It is the seventh time in the past eight years that Tasmanian plastering apprentices trained at TasTAFE have won the competition.
Mr Stephen, who also won gold in plastering at the WorldSkills Australia National Competitions in June, works at Darren’s Plastering and Mr Browne works at Tasmanian Professional Plaster.
TasTAFE plastering teachers Warren Banks and Andrew Scott have trained all of the seven winning teams.
Both Mr Stephen and Mr Browne are undertaking a Certificate III in Plastering and have done their apprentice training at TasTAFE’s Clarence Campus.
During the competition, they went up against apprentices from all states of Australia and New Zealand.
They had to complete a project which involved a metal stud structure built to standards, specifications and plans, which included a stepped ceiling and two niches in walls.
They said it was a surprise to win, but they felt their teamwork had helped them take home the award.
“As Tasmanian plasterers, we do a bit of everything compared to mainlanders, where one will trowel, one will screw,” Mr Browne said.
“They do separate things and they get stuck on it forever, whereas we get to do different things all the time.”
Mr Stephen said it was definitely a more diverse trade in Tasmania.
“Especially in regards to what we have to do and what’s expected of us down here,” he said.
Caption: From left, Mitchell Stephen, Andrew Scott and William Browne at Brock Plaster.