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Nominations for 2008 Australian Vocational Student Prize

The Minister for Education, Julia Gillard, has called for nominations for this year’s Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP).

Students are nominated for the ASVP by their school principals for demonstrating exceptional skill, commitment and achievement while participating in a Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools program or an Australian school-based apprenticeship

Up to 500 students are recognised annually with each winner being awarded a certificate and a $2000 prize. The most outstanding student recipients are also eligible to receive the prestigious Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School.

Through the Education Revolution, the Rudd Government encourages school students to gain practical work skills and nationally recognised VET qualifications as part of their school education.

The Government has committed $2.5 billion to the Trade Training Centres in Schools program which will enable all secondary schools to apply for funding of between $500 000 and $1.5 million each.

Already, the Government has allocated $90 million for projects which will benefit almost 100 schools around the country. More than $300 million is available in the second phase.

The Government has also committed $84 million to enable interested secondary school students participating in vocational education and training to access one day a week of on-the-job training for 20 weeks a year.

The ASVP was introduced in 2005 to recognise the achievements of exceptional Year 12 students undertaking a Vocational Education and Training (VET) in Schools program or an Australian school-based apprenticeship.

From this year, Year 12 students undertaking VET will have completed both their VET studies and senior secondary certificates by the nomination closing date.

The nomination period opened on 13 October 2008 and closes on 24 December 2008. During the nomination period an online nomination form will be available at www.deewr.gov.au/avsp