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Two TasTAFE Metals apprentices have been recognised for excellence in their work and training, winning Lew Fowler Apprenticeship Awards.

The award, named in honour of Rotarian Lew Fowler (1936-1996), who joined the Rotary Club of Glenorchy in 1975, recognises apprentices who live or work in the Glenorchy area who have demonstrated a commitment to the Metals trade as well as a strong work ethic and a positive attitude towards their training and fellow students.

Brady Bennett was selected for his commitment and enthusiasm for the fabrication trade, as well as his outstanding work ethic. Brady’s training journey has been well supported by Incat, and seen him complete both a traineeship and now an apprenticeship with the company. Brady now hopes to help other apprentices with their on the job learning.

Cadbury (Mondelez) apprentice Jacob Gatehouse was selected for his application to the trade and his passion for learning new skills. Cadbury has given Jacob the opportunity to peruse a practical approach to learning through maintaining, improving and modifying equipment within the factory to increase efficiency. Following completion of his apprenticeship, Jacob sees further training in his future and is looking forward to progressing his career opportunities with the company.

Lew Fowler worked in the metals area and served as Rotary President in 1982-83 and 1986. He was involved in all the areas of service in Rotary. His work in International Service is well remembered where he assisted in many overseas projects, and he and wife Kaye, visited countries in need to see firsthand what Rotary could do.

After his death the board of the Rotary club decided during the 1997-98 Rotary year to honour this likeable and dedicated Rotarian by giving a yearly award to two apprentices. The first presentation was held on 12th March 1998 and the award has continued ever since.

Pictured from left to right are Jacob Gatehouse, Rhonda Walker (VP Rotary Glenorchy) and Brady Bennett.

TasTAFE Metals students receive Rotary’s Lew Fowler Apprenticeship Awards