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Vocational Education Training in Schools’ prizes awarded

25 June 2014


Three local high school graduates are among 500 students have been recognised in the federal government’s Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP) awards.

Bennelong MP, John Alexander, sent his hardy congratulations to the winners – the awards recognising Year 12 students who excelled while undertaking a Vocational Education Training in Schools (VETiS) program or an Australian School-based Apprenticeship.

The winners in Bennelong were: Thomas Alice and James Dunn of Marist College, Eastwood and Alexander Dagger of Epping Boys’ High School.

“The future prosperity of our economy and nation depends on a highly-skilled workforce, and to build a stronger nation we need to get the next generation involved in trades and training while they’re at school and deciding on a future career,” said Mr Alexander.

“These awards recognise the skill, commitment and achievements of school students who take on VETiS.

“They also show our kids trades and training are first-class career pathways just like university – they shouldn’t be made to feel like they’re playing on the ‘B team’,” Mr Alexander said.

Mr Alexander said the award winners were not just ambassadors for their schools, but for the “first-class career opportunities” that high-quality VETiS provided.

“The Abbott Government is committed to delivering a VETiS system that has stronger links with industry and training providers to ensure graduates get high-quality, on-the-job training that equips them with the skills that employers need,” Mr Alexander concluded.

For more information and the full list of winners, visit