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Celebratory snags for local chippies

Several local carpentry apprentices celebrated successfully reaching the end of their apprenticeship studies with their employers and teachers at a barbeque on the TAFE New England Armidale campus yesterday.

The barbeque also provided an opportunity for the TAFE New England carpentry teachers to present the Mike Leahy Shield to third year apprentice, Dusty Parry, who is employed by Steve Lowe of Lowcon Armidale.

Acting Head Teacher of Trades, Grant Petersen, said “This is the first year that we have presented the Mike Leahy Shield to a student who has gone above and beyond our expectations of our students.”

Dusty consistently performed his practical and theoretical tasks to a high standard and has ensured that his responses, in theoretical tests, are demonstrating his knowledge of that particular topic.” Mr Petersen added.

The Mike Leahy Shield award was developed by TAFE New England teachers, in consultation with the students’ employers, as an incentive for students to strive while completing their studies as part of their apprenticeship.

Mike Leahy was employed by TAFE New England for 32 years and dedicated a lot of his personal time to the Institute.

Some of the 12 students who have completed the Certificate III in Carpentry, will continue their studies at TAFE New England and complete the Certificate IV Building and Construction.