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Last chance to nominate for school V.E.T. prizes

Nominations for the nation’s top prize for Year 12 students undertaking vocational education and training in school (VETiS) close this Friday 28 November.

The 2014 Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP) is part of the Abbott Government’s commitment to promoting the take up of trades and training in school.

Federal Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley says “the Awards support the Government’s broader plan to increase recognition of the ‘first-class’ career pathway that high-quality trades and training provides students”.

“We recognise the future prosperity of our economy depends on a highly-skilled workforce and we need more people taking up high-quality trades and training in areas of demand.”

“These awards aim to show students studying a VETiS qualification that their contribution to our nation’s prosperity can be just as important as attending university”, Ms Ley said.

The 2014 AVSP will award up to 500 outstanding Year 12 students undertaking relevant VETiS qualifications as part of their senior secondary certificate $1,000 in prize money and a certificate.

Up to 20 AVSP winners will also be eligible for the Australian Award for Skills Excellence in School.

Nominations close 8:00pm (AEDST) 28 November 2014.

For more information, including on how to nominate, visit:

Ms Ley’s media contact: Steve Block 0428 213 264