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2008 Australian Vocational Student Prize winners announced


Senator the Hon Mark Arbib
Minister for Employment Participation
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for Government Service Delivery

The Acting Minister for Education, Mark Arbib, today recognised outstanding students who have been awarded a 2008 Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP).

The AVSP promotes Vocational Education and Training (VET) as a valuable and desirable pathway for students, equivalent to other secondary and tertiary education pathways. The AVSP is the vocational equivalent to the Australian Student Prize for academic achievement.

The prize recognises and rewards year 12 students who have demonstrated excellence and outstanding achievement while undertaking a VET in schools program or an Australian School-based Apprenticeship.

Winners of the prize receive $2000 and a certificate.

These students have gained a better understanding of the world of work, developed industry-specific skills and experience that will assist them with planning and pursuing their careers, and all while studying for their Senior Secondary Certificates.

The commitment of these students to learning exemplifies what the Council of Australian Governments’ Compact with Young Australians aims to achieve. The Compact encourages young Australians to realise their potential by entitling every Australian under the age of 25 to an education or training place. The Compact will ensure young Australians have the skills necessary to play a productive role in Australia’s economic prosperity. For more information about the AVSP, and for the full list of 2008 winners, visit