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VETDSS Awards Recognise Students

Central Regional TAFE’s Geraldton Campus had a record attendance at this year’s Vocational Education and Training Delivered to Secondary Students (VETDSS) awards evening on Thursday, 24 December 2019.

The VETDSS Awards recognise excellence in students undertaking Vocational Education and Training programs in schools. They also acknowledge the partnerships between CRTAFE, schools and local businesses who continue to support students in hosting valuable work placement opportunities.

Students nominated for one of the seven awards on offer are judged by a selection panel and receive a variety of prizes donated by local businesses.
This year’s winners were:

Aboriginal Vocational Education and Training Student of the Year
Ryan Morgan | Geraldton Senior High School

Certificate II Vocational Studies Student of the Year
Abigail Baluyot | Strathalbyn Christian College

Trade Based Training Student of the Year
Corey Smith | Nagle Catholic College

Employment Based Training Student of the Year
Shannon Cook | Nagle Catholic College

Higher Vocational Studies Student of the Year
Ben Davidson | Kalbarri District High School

2019 Mid West & Gascoyne VETDSS Student of the Year
Ben Davidson | Kalbarri District High School

The VETDSS Employer Awards that recognise the support of business and industry with the VETDSS program were also presented on the night to several organisations.

Central Regional TAFE Managing Director Bill Swetman said the VET Delivered to Secondary Students program is highly sought after and increasing in popularity each year.

“Students are able to see the great benefits of completing a VETDSS program including the increased opportunities for further study pathways and employment” Mr Swetman said.

“The students have the opportunity, if they are involved in work placement, to experience the world of work. This means they are able to apply and practice industry skills in a real workplace and see if that industry is really what they want to do,” Mr Swetman said.

“I congratulate all the nominated students and award winners for their achievement and thank the schools, parents and industry partners for their ongoing support of the program” he said.

Shannon Cook winner of the Employment Based Training Student of the year felt surprised and grateful for the recognition.

“I was able to do my training at Joblink where the staff were lovely and supportive” Miss Cook said.

“TAFE has helped me understand more about business, and from my traineeship I can now go on to do new jobs which I may not have considered previously” she said.

Corey Smith winner of the Trade Based Training Student of the year award said he felt very privileged to do have completed the Pre-apprenticeship in Schools (PAiS) program at TAFE.

“Our school careers staff guided me to the VETDSS program in mechanics, and the support by the lecturers at TAFE during my training has really great. I’ve enjoyed every part of it” he said.

“If it wasn’t for TAFE I wouldn’t have had the experience of working at half of the workplaces I did this year, and now the possibility of an apprenticeship in the future is great” he said.

Guest speaker Sarah Smyth, last year’s VETDSS student of the year spoke about the opportunities she has been offered particularly in furthering her nursing studies. Guests also enjoyed catering by CRTAFE Hospitality and Commercial Cookery students.

For more information on the VETDSS program contact:
Alison Noble | Coordinator Education & Training Programs
T   1800 672 700
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Page last updated December 18, 2019