The nation’s most skilled students can now be recognised for their efforts in vocational education and training, with nominations now open for the 2012 Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP).
Minister for School Education Peter Garrett today encouraged schools across Australia to nominate students for the Prize.
“Each year, up to 500 prizes are awarded to outstanding Year 12 students who have undertaken a Vocational Education and Training program or an Australian School-based Apprenticeship as part of their senior secondary certificate,” Mr Garrett said.
“The AVSP is not an academic award, instead, it focuses on vocational achievements and a student’s personal attributes, such as determination, commitment and the leadership role they play in their school and community.”
Students can be nominated by their school principal, teacher or a Vocational Education and Training Coordinator and, if successful, receive a certificate and are awarded a $2000 prize.
“This award is the vocational equivalent of the academic Australian Student Prize, another initiative aimed at recognising the achievements of students and their schools,” Mr Garrett said.
“It is a great opportunity to celebrate the achievements of students who have chosen a practical pathway through their senior studies and gained invaluable skills that make them more employable.
“Developing industry-specific skills through avenues such as these helps students with planning and pursuing their chosen career path, and the AVSP is a great way to recognise these endeavours.”
Nominations close Friday 7 December 2012. For more information, including on how to nominate, visit:www.deewr.gov.au/avsp.