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Nation's top VETiS prize awarded

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THE HON SUSSAN LEY MP Assistant Minister for Education


23 June 2014

Nation’s top VETiS prize awarded The nation’s top prize for Year 12 students undertaking vocational education and training has been awarded today as the Abbott Government continues its focus on promoting trades and training in schools.

Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley today announced the winners of the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School (PM’s Award), with a total of 20 prizes handed out to the top-performing student across a variety of categories.

The PM’s Award is the peak accolade of the Australian Government’s broader Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP) awards.

Ms Ley said 500 students in total had been recognised with AVSP awards today and congratulated all winners on their achievement.

“The future prosperity of our economy and nation depends on a highly-skilled workforce,” Ms Ley said.

“And to build a stronger nation we literally need to get the next generation involved in trades and training while they’re at school and deciding on a future career.

“These awards recognise the skill, commitment and achievements of school students who take on vocational education and training in school (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’.”

Ms Ley said today’s winners were therefore 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. (continued over page…)

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“We also need to ensure schools offer quality career guidance that supports and encourages students who want to take up a career in the trades and training.

“That’s why I am currently working with my state and territory counterparts to update the National VETiS Framework.”

Ms Ley said the AVSP recognises Year 12 students who have excelled while undertaking a VETiS program or an Australian School-based Apprenticeship.

Winners of the PM’s Award are selected from the top AVSP recipients and are awarded in state and territory, industry and Indigenous categories.

The AVSP was launched in 2005 as the vocational equivalent of the academic Australian Student Prize, which will be awarded shortly and is another initiative aimed at recognising the achievements of students and their schools.

For more information and the full list of winners, visit

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