VET in Schools Excellence Awards
The annual VET in Schools Excellence Awards were held on Tuesday to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Vocational Education & Training (VET) students within our regional schools. Around 658 secondary school students are enrolled in VET subjects and School Based Apprenticeships in our region this year. Fifty-eight students were nominated for the Awards. During the Awards ceremony at Moama Bowling Club 56 finalists were presented with certificates, and winners were announced in 16 categories.
More than 300 guests attended the event which was organised by the Campaspe Cohuna LLEN. Those present included students and their families, trainers, teachers, host employers and sponsoring businesses. Music students from Echuca College performed songs for the audience.
Guest speaker was Louis Spencely who talked about his career journey since he was a VET Music student. Louis has successfully make the link between his study and life beyond graduation in a non-mainstream field and has been working full time as a musician for the last two years.
Students were nominated for the Awards by their VET teachers and trainers. Completion of a work placement in the relevant industry is a pre-requisite to be a finalist with host employers providing reports on individual student performance. Nominated students submitted their resume and finalists were interviewed by a panel of judges. The process is good preparation for entering the workforce.
Judges Brendon Hawken, Belinda Egan and Michael Pratt were again impressed with the calibre of the finalists. Students demonstrated strong employability skills in their assessment reports and interviews. Host employers provided evidence of the skills in their comments such as “displays excellent concentration, prioritising and communication skills, works well in the team and is able to anticipate what is needed and when,” “should be congratulated on the way she presented and conducted herself during placement”, “motivation, enthusiasm and approach to learning was outstanding”, “has a lot of knowledge within our industry, he picks up new things/learns very quickly.”
A list of the winners and all the finalists is available here.