Local apprentices win national awards

GAP YEAR TO SAVE UP: Lizzy Conrick is working locally to save money for some travel and uni. PHOTO: Wendy Hunt

TWO of Mansfield’s school based apprentices, Alex Cauka and Elizabeth Conrick, have received national awards for their work as school based apprentices.

Alex served his apprenticeship at Mansfield Armchair Cinema, and Elizabeth at the secondary college, working in outdoor education.

The award, sponsored by the Australian Government, recognises students who have demonstrated outstanding skills while completing vocational training as part of their senior secondary certificate.

The prize is designed to promote the value of gaining vocational skills that prepare students for further training and employment.

Prizes of a certificate and $2000 are available nationally each year, and the best of these students will be selected for the Prime Minister’s award for Skills Excellence in School that carries a prize of an additional $2000.

Alex started his apprenticeship at the cinema when he was in year 9 and continued to work there until he completed school and moved to Melbourne for university studies.

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