St Pat’s signs 550th apprentice

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On Wednesday 5 February 2014, Year 12 Metals & Engineering student, Lawson Mik, became the 550th St Patrick’s Technical College student to be signed to an apprenticeship Contract of Training while attending the College. Lawson is employed by Australian Industry Group Training Services (AiGTS) as a school-based apprentice and will be working as a machinist at Levett Engineering located in Elizabeth.

AiGTS (formerly the Engineering Employers Association of South Australia (EEASA)) have been very strong supporters of the College since we opened in 2007. Lawson becomes the thirty first apprentice to be employed by the organisation making it the second highest employer behind the Motor Trades Association.

Paul McPherson, AiGTS Employment & Training Consultant, says the relationship formed with St Patrick’s is a very important one as it provides a source of quality apprentices. Paul stated several apprentices from St Patrick’s have gone on to win awards at AiGTS including Liam Howden (’12, Metals & Engineering) winner of the Group Training Australia School-based Apprentice of the Year Award last year.

Lawson’s sign up took place at St Patrick’s and his dad, Darren, was present. Also in attendance was Paul McPherson representing AiGTS, Kylie McCausland representing Sarina Russo Apprenticeships and Jim Montgomery representing the College.

The signing of our 550th apprentice represents a significant milestone for the College and maintains the excellent apprenticeship outcomes we have consistently achieved. 79% of St Patrick’s enrolments gain an apprenticeship by the time they finish College.

St Patrick’s congratulates Lawson on gaining his apprenticeship and wish him every success as he embarks on his new career.

Jim Montgomery
Industry Relations Manager