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Local students win Australian Vocational Student Prize.



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David Hawker MP Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au Web: www.davidhawker.com.au

Media Release The Hon David Hawker MP Speaker of the House of Representatives Federal Member for Wannon

12 December 2005

LOCAL STUDENTS WIN AUSTRALIAN VOCATIONAL STUDENT PRIZE

The achievements of three outstanding vocational education Year 12 students in Western Victoria have been recognised through the inaugural Australian Vocational Student Prize.

Member for Wannon, David Hawker, today presented Emily Sherman and Amelia Sherman of Lake Bolac Secondary College and Rebecca Jenkins of Brauer College in Warrnambool with a certificate and $2,000 in celebration of their efforts.

“These students have shown outstanding skill, dedication and enthusiasm in their chosen fields. I’m delighted to be able to recognise their achievements through this prize, and wish them all the best - they have bright futures ahead of them,” Mr Hawker said.

“The Coalition 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,” he said.

Nationally, 500 prize winners have been awarded the prize.

Students were eligible for nomination if they: • completed Year 12 in 2005; • as part of their senior secondary studies made substantial progress towards, or 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 (VET) and School-based New Apprentice students in 2006,” Mr Hawker said.

“The 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.”

Nomination forms can be obtained from: www.dest.gov.au/sectors/career_development

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