Alex is a mature age metal fabrication apprentice who works for Centennial Coal. He donated his sculpture 'Tower of Books' to Lithgow College on Wednesday, 31 October at a ceremony attended by senior TAFE staff and community members.
Alex created the sculpture as his entry into the Dad’s Reading Competition that was a joint project with Lithgow College Library and the Lithgow Library and Learning Centre on Main Street. The reading competition was part of the 2012 National Year of Reading initiative and was aimed at raising awareness of the importance of reading to children in helping them gain literacy skills.
Alex, a blacksmith by trade, is currently studying Engineering - Fabrication Trade at TAFE Western’s, Lithgow College and has an apprenticeship with Centennial Coal. Alex came to TAFE as he saw an opportunity to learn new skills, change his career and perhaps get into the mining industry.
TAFE Western has enjoyed very good working relationship with Centennial Coal over the years, and in fact we are currently training just over 35 apprentices in Metals and Fitting and electrical from Centennial over the four year apprenticeship training.
The apprentices learn not only trade skills, but also develop employability skills, workplace communication as well as maths and numeracy, so that when they finish their apprenticeship they really are work ready.
Enrolments open Monday, 5 November until classes commence Monday, 4 February.