Emmaville and Armidale students congratulated for winning PM’s top prize: Joyce

17 Jun 2014



FEDERAL Member for New England Barnaby Joyce has congratulated Emmaville’s Anna Garth and O’Connor Catholic College, Armidale, student Kelsey Porter who have been awarded one of the nation’s top prizes for Year 12 students undertaking Vocational Education and Training in School (VETiS).


Anna and Kelsey are among 500 students to receive the Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP), which recognises the skill, commitment and achievements of school students who take on vocational education in their final year.


A further 20 prizes – the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School – have been awarded to the top AVSP recipients across state/territory, industry and Indigenous categories.


“Anna and Kelsey are not just ambassadors for their school but for the first-class career opportunities that high-quality VETiS can provide,” Mr Joyce said.


“The Abbott Government is committed to delivering a VETiS system with stronger links to industry and training providers, ensuring our graduates get high-quality, on-the-job training that equips them with the skills employers need.”


In congratulating Anna and Kelsey, Mr Joyce said, “the future prosperity of our economy very much depends on a highly-skilled workforce with this generation given an opportunity to pursue a trade or training while at school and deciding on a future career”.


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