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Inaugural Australian Vocational Student Prizes awarded in Gwydir.

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John Anderson MP Federal Member for Gwydir Electorate.

Inaugural Australian Vocational Student Prizes Awarded In Gwydir Friday, 25 November 2005

Federal Member for Gwydir, John Anderson, today announced the winners of the inaugural Australian Vocational Student Prize in the Gwydir electorate. The $2000 prize will be awarded to: Miss Yanjin Zhu of Bourke High School; Miss Sian Elliot and Miss Karlie Jackson of Gulgong High School; Miss Rebecca Peachey and Miss Sarah Galagher of Moree Secondary College; Miss Kobey Nean of Quirindi High School; and Mr Timothy Hunt and Miss Chantelle Thompson of Wellington High School. The prize is awarded for demonstrating exceptional skills, commitment and achievement while undertaking a Vocational Educational and Training in Schools programme, or a School-based New Apprenticeship. The establishment of the Prize for Year 12 students is an important initiative by the Australian Government which is providing $1million 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 Anderson. “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 these students on their achievement and wish them continued success in their training and careers,” Mr Anderson said.