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Tech colleges’ outstanding apprentices


An apprentice carpenter and plumber have been named the top students at St Patrick’s Technical College in 2018 while a hairdressing student was a cut above the rest at Marcellin Technical College.

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The outstanding achievements of the graduating class were recognised during a dinner at the Adelaide Convention Centre in November, with more than $10,000 in sponsored prize money awarded.

Lachlan Osborne

College vice captain and carpentry apprentice Lachlan Osborne received the Long Tan Award and the Principal’s Award.

Whether it was in his role as a student leader, as a member of the group who went to Cambodia or his involvement in a construction group which undertook a project at the Vinnie’s Women’s Crisis Centre, Lachlan was described as someone who was always “supporting and encouraging others”.

“Lachlan is hard working, conscientious and has always been committed to developing his already impressive trade skills. He is a young person of considerable integrity,” said principal Danny Deptula.

Lachlan has now started a carpentry apprenticeship with Insurance Works Specialists.

Cameron Bell

Cameron Bell was also acknowledged for his outstanding studies during 2018, receiving the Plumbing Apprentice of the Year Award and the prestigious Max Davids Award.

An apprentice with Steven Dawber Plumbing, Cameron was acknowledged for his industrious nature and hard work both as a student and an employee.

“He is meticulous in completing all jobs to a high standard and always keen to learn more to improve his trade skills,” Mr Deptula said.

“Cameron is a reliable, conscientious young man and these qualities ensured that he was one of the first StPatsTech apprentices to complete all his SACE requirements this year. Cameron is both a quality tradesperson and young man.”

Hannah Watson proved she was a cut above the rest when she was named 2018 Apprentice of the Year for Marcellin Technical College.

Throughout her hairdressing studies Hannah was a shining example of dedication always striving to achieve her best grades. Her extra efforts outside of the college and work hours meant she was able to graduate one year ahead of schedule.

Hannah started with Marcellin’s Head Start program in 2017 and completed her trade schooling modules through Clip Joint Education. Her achievements were acknowledged further when she was shortlisted for the 2018 SA Training Awards for Outstanding School Based Apprentices.

Having graduated with flying colours, Hannah is now employed at Aveta Hair & Body.


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