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Monday, 14 July 2014
Page: 162

Ms GAMBARO (Brisbane) (16:13): It is with great pride that I rise today in showcasing the wonderful students who were awarded prizes as top performers in 2013 for vocational education and training in schools—VETiS. These young students were among 500 students to receive the Australian Vocational Student Prize. The AVSP recognises the skill, commitment and achievement of school students who take on vocational education in their final year. The AVSP was launched in 2005 and recognises year-12 students from 2013 who excelled while taking a vocational program or school based apprenticeship.

The following students are ambassadors for their school and should be really proud of their achievements. From All Hallows' School we have Courtney Altenkirk. From Clayfield College we have Zoe Douvlos, Kirsten Hamilton and Hannah Tully. From Kelvin Grove State College we have Ynez-Aiyana Flanagan, Rowan Noyes and Dean Wilson. From St Rita's College we have Gabriella McSweeney, Grace Pond and Brittany Gough.

The Abbott government is committed to delivering a vocational system with strong links to industry and training providers and ensuring our young graduates get high-quality on-the-job training that equips them with the skills that employers need. Young people like Courtney, Zoe, Kirsten, Hannah, Ynez, Rowan, Dean, Gabriella, Grace and Brittany can be confident in the knowledge that their success will contribute to the future prosperity of this country. (Time expired)