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Local students recognised in top vocational awards

Posted October 12, 2012

Two Kingswood College students, Emma Wakefield and Lauren Bassetto, have been awarded the 2011 Australian Vocational Student Prize.

Federal Member for Chisholm, Anna Burke MP, today congratulated Emma and Lauren on their success during a special assembly at Kingswood College.

"The Australian Vocational Student Prize was awarded to 500 students in recognition for their skills and commitment in vocational education and training in schools", Ms Burke said

"This is a great honour and a terrific recognition of the hard work that both Lauren and Emma have put into their education and training, I know that they have made everyone around them very proud."

"Both students received a certificate and $2,000 from the Australian Government."

Mary Gabrielle Fitzgerald, Head of Technology Kingswood College said "Both Emma and Lauren's achievements came from hard work and enthusiasm which they individually demonstrated while completing their VET/VCE Hospitality studies.  

"Emma and Lauren were valuable members of Kingswood College's VCE/ VET Hospitality team, and were always willing to share their experiences with younger students during functions held at the College".

Ms Fitzgerald also commented that Kingswood College students have been fortunate to receive these scholarships over the past three years.

"The Australian Vocational Student Prize recognise the importance of vocation education in schools and show that it is a worthwhile pathway for students," Ms Burke said.

The Australian Vocational Student Prize is the vocational equivalent of the academic Australian Student Prize, another initiative aimed at recognising the achievements of students and their schools.

"These prizes highlight the importance of ensuring that all our young people and students have access to a world class education," Ms Burke said.

"It is critical that the education and training pathways available to students are tailored to suit the range of needs, skills, abilities and interests of all students."

"The Australian Government is investing more money in schools than ever before including $2.5 billion for the Trade Training in Schools program to ensure all students have access to industry standard vocational qualifications."

Nominations are now open for the 2012 Prize and schools are encouraged to enter high achieving students.

Nominations close Friday 7 December 2012. For more information, including on how to nominate, visit: www.deewr.gov.au/avsp.  

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