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Inaugural Australian vocational student prize.

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Press Release Ref: 1561 Published: 4/8/2005 Title: Inaugural Australian Vocational Student Prize

The achievements of outstanding vocational education Year 12 students throughout Eden-Monaro will be celebrated through the inaugural Australian Vocational Student Prize.

Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn said the Australian Government has provided $4 million over four years for this exciting new initiative, which recognises the value of vocational pathways for students.

“The Government is committed to ensuring that a vocational and technical qualification is as valued as any gained at university,” Mr Nairn said.

Nationally, 500 prize winners will each be awarded $2,000.

Students are eligible for nomination if they: • complete Year 12 in 2005; • as part of their senior secondary studies have made substantial progress towards, or have completed, an accredited Vocational Education and Training in Schools programme, or a School-based New Apprenticeship; and • are an Australian citizen or permanent resident.

“I encourage all secondary school principals to consider nominating their most outstanding Vocational Education and Training in Schools student and School-based New Apprentice,” he said.

The Howard Government has committed a record $10.1 billion over the next four years to Vocational Education and Training to support a world class system in addressing skills needs.

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Nomination forms were sent directly to schools in the week beginning 25 July and nominations close on 1 September 2005. Nomination forms can also be obtained from