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Inaugural Australian Vocational Student Prize awarded in Solomon.

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DAVID TOLLNER MP Federal Member for Solomon

6 December 2005


The inaugural Australian Vocational Student Prize has been awarded to two local students by the Federal Member for Solomon David Tollner.

The $2000 Prize will be awarded to Catherine Tate and Jeremy England from Casuarina Senior College, for demonstrating exceptional skills, commitment and achievement while undertaking a Vocational Education and Training in Schools programme, or a School-based New Apprenticeship.

“It is a fantastic achievement from these two students and Casuarina Senior College for their commitment to vocational training and hopefully we will see more winners in the future,” Mr Tollner said.

The establishment of the Prize for Year 12 students is an important initiative by the Australian Government which is providing $1 million each year for four years for the new award. This commitment recognises vocational education and training as a valuable and desirable pathway for students.

The Australian Vocational Student Prize complements the Australian Student Prize which recognises academic excellence.

“Vocational education pathways in schools allow students, as part of their senior secondary school certificate to study towards accredited Vocational Education and Training qualifications and unit of competencies,” said Mr Tollner.

“Students develop a greater understanding of the world of work as well as gain industry specific skills and experience to assist with planning and pursuing their career pathways.”

“I warmly congratulate Catherine and Jeremy on their achievement and wish them continued success in their training and careers.”

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