- Region South West WA
- Training Institute South Regional Tafe
- Supported by Government of Western Australian
When Lewis Italiano chose to carve his own path in cabinetmaking rather than continuing his family’s legacy in dairy farming, it signalled a new chapter for the Italiano family. Growing up in Harvey, a small town in Western Australia, surrounded by the pastoral life, Lewis’s pivot to woodworking and construction during his school years marked a notable departure from his rural roots.
His passion for the trade was recognised and fostered by his mentor and employer, Nick Johnston, who saw Lewis’s potential and encouraged him to take part in the WorldSkills program. Supported wholeheartedly by his family, Lewis has been buoyed by a community that values hard work and dedication.
In the lead-up to the Nationals, Lewis’s rigorous training regimen demanded sacrifices in his social life, a testament to his commitment to mastering his craft. This preparation has honed his problem-solving skills and his ability to perform under pressure – qualities he has been focussed on developing in the lead up to Lyon 2024.
Lewis credits his success to his self-discipline and organisation. He approaches each task with full commitment, a mindset that has allowed him to push the boundaries of what he can achieve. His mentor, Nick, has been pivotal not just in skill development but also in instilling the importance of enjoyment and resilience during intense training sessions.
“My goal is to be able to gain more exposure and experience in the different fields in my trade and connect with others in my trade from around the world.”