Veronica's designs come highly-commended

Monday, 22 December 2008

Landsdale resident, Adam Burling, has been recognised for his outstanding locksmithing skills and named Australian Locksmith Apprentice of the Year.

The Challenger TAFE Locksmith Apprentice’s prize is a fantastic trip to visit the ABUS Lock and SILCA Key factories in Germany and Italy respectively.

With this win, Adam has proven that he works well under pressure: especially since he was able to finish seven hours of practical exams with a near-perfect score the day after his wife came home from hospital with their newborn twins.

Adam is now at the end of his 4-year apprenticeship having completed the Certificate III in Locksmithing at Challenger TAFE’s Fremantle Campus.

Of the five students from Challenger TAFE that were in the final stage of the locksmith apprenticeship this year, three made it into the top three of the national competition. Wellard resident, Jake McDonald, came second and William Barrett of Thornlie came third. They shared their places with Melbourne NMIT TAFE students.

“The students this year were an amazing group. They were extremely motivated and were always joking about becoming the Apprentice of the Year. Well, Adam has now proven that he is just that!” said Challenger Attadale resident, Veronica Solomon has taken out the Martin & Savage – Highly Commended Award at the recent Challenger TAFE end-of-year fashion graduation parade.

Following a brief to produce a range of designs with an Art Deco influence for a specific retail store of her choice, Veronica created an elegant range of evening wear featuring satin in metallic hues.

“Veronica’s designs are outstanding and very marketable. She designs for a larger cross-section of the community,” said the judges.

Now that she has completed her Certificate IV in Clothing Production Veronica has the skills and knowledge to design and produce garments and run her own small business.

The stylish night was launched by Challenger TAFE’s Managing Director, Liz Harris, who explained how the College’s fashion training is providing students with industry-relevant training.

“Maintaining our partnerships, with Fremantle businesses such as Morrison, Ae’lkemi, Love in Tokyo and Gospel are vital to Challenger TAFE remaining a recognised training provider for the fashion industry,” she said.

“Having these connections gives our students the opportunity to gain a ‘real’ fashion design experience while still learning the trade in a structured environment.”

Guest speaker, Morrison’s Richard Poulson, highlighted the need for students to be business savvy.

“To be successful in the fashion industry you need to make sure you know what people want,” he explained.

”Having the right product can result in invaluable word-of-mouth advertising, but to make it all work you have to have the right technical and administrative skills and a lot of passion!”

The graduating students parade, with its Art Deco theme, provided a glimpse of the continuing success of high-quality fashion talent that is being grown in the Fremantle area and was attended by representatives of several successful fashion designers such as Costarella Design, Su Design, Ae’lkemi, Love in Tokyo, Empire Rose, Gospel and Ashe.

The parade also saw Penny Dunn of Subiaco take out the Attitude Magazine Emerging Talent Award and White Gum Valley resident Amaya Mepham win the Burnells award for garment construction.

TAFE Lecturer, Brian Tisdale.

Adam, who was awarded the prize by representatives of ABUS and SILCA, intends to continue his career with his employer ASA Locksmiths.

“I’m happy that they gave me the opportunity to do this apprenticeship,” he said.

“It has dramatically improved my technical skills and has made me think much more seriously about my career. Especially with those two new little mouths to feed at home!

“Visiting the ABUS and SILCA factories will be a great experience. As soon as we feel confident to travel with the children, we will take them on an unforgettable family adventure.”

The competition was organised by the Master Locksmith Association of Australasia (MLAA) and is open to all locksmith apprentices across Australia.

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