The biennial Golden Trowel Competition is Australia’s only team blocklaying competition to encourage excellence among apprentices while recognising the valuable skills of young people in a skill-shortage trade. The best blocklaying apprentices from around Australia gather to compete for the coveted Golden Trowel in an intensive two-day event.

Since its inception in 1993, the event is renowned for producing outstanding young blocklayers who have gone on to win other industry awards and establish a successful career in the industry.

The 22nd Golden Trowel Award competition was held at Wollongong TAFE from 11 to 13 October 2015, with the team from North Coast TAFE – Coffs Harbour Campus winning the award.

Team Mr Paul Venn led the winning team with apprentices Michael Bonar and Jacob Wade. A great competition with truly outstanding craftsmanship from the most talented masonry apprentices across Australia. Well done to all the teams!


The next Golden Trowel Competition will be held in 2017.


Read more in the media release.