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First Year Apprentice Lewis Italiano (Class of 2021)

Class of 2021 student, Lewis Italiano has commenced his apprenticeship with local furniture maker Studio Milton this year.

Lewis signed his apprenticeship contract following a successful placement through the College Workplace Learning program in 2021. He was able to spend time with Studio Milton to acquire direct experience in furniture making and gain a taste of what it is like to work in this industry.

Studio Milton specialises in creating bespoke furniture using local timber. The team designs and produces beautiful contemporary furniture from their studio in Dardanup. They recently also opened a gallery in the old Red Mill Store on Stirling Street in Bunbury.

Lewis has always had a significant interest in woodwork and furniture making. During his time at Our Lady of Mercy College, he studied a range of related courses including Materials Wood Design, Materials Metal Design and Building and Construction. One of the highlights of his final year at the College was the completion of a pool table, pictured below.

In 2020, Lewis received an award of Commendation in the student category of 'Wood Review's Maker of the Year Awards' for his entry of a jarrah hall table. This is the largest competition in Australia and New Zealand dedicated to showcasing the art of fine woodworking.

Lewis is enjoying his first year as an Apprentice and will continue to learn and acquire new skills through South Regional TAFE and Studio Milton.

The College would like to thank Paul Milton at Studio Milton for supporting Lewis throughout his Workplace Learning and subsequent Apprenticeship. It is fantastic to follow Lewis' journey as he pursues his passion through employment.


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