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Nominations open for vocational student prize


Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations
Leader of the Government in the Senate

As the nation celebrates National Skills Week, schools across Australia are invited to nominate students for the nation’s top vocational education and skills award for schools.

Minister for Skills, Senator Chris Evans, today announced the opening of nominations for the Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP) 2011 and said the prize is the perfect opportunity to award students who strive to be the best.

Each year, up to 500 outstanding Year 12 students, who have undertaken a Vocational Education and Training in Schools program or an Australian School-based Apprenticeship as part of their senior secondary certificate, are awarded the prize.
“The AVSP recognises the achievements of students, their determination and commitment, and the leadership role they play in the school community,” Senator Evans said.

Senator Evans said there has never been a better time for students to get a skill and study for a formal qualification.

“The Gillard Government understands that getting a trade or skills qualification is a passport to a high-paid and rewarding job.”

This is why the Gillard Government has invested $2.5 billion in building Trade Training Centres in schools to strengthen trade training and offer real choices to students, helping them transition from school to training and work.

The Gillard Government is also investing $40.6 million over the next 3 years in creating National Trade Cadetships, which will provide a pathway in the Australian Curriculum for secondary school students that are interested in a career in a trade. 

Students can be nominated by their school principal, teacher or a Vocational Education and Training Coordinator and, if successful, are awarded a $2000 prize.

“The Australian Government recognises the importance of vocational education and training and the role it plays in preparing students for the future challenges of study and work,” Senator Evans said.

“With nominations closing on 2 December 2011, I encourage all schools to visit the website and nominate students they believe are worthy candidates for this prize.”

For more information on the Australian Vocational Student Prize including information on how to nominate visit: