Strathfield Girls High student wins 2017 VET in Schools Student of the Year

Talented, articulate, passionate and ambitious describe Rose Cox, who recently won this prestigious award.

Rose chose to undertake Hospitality in Year 11 and 12 as part of her Higher School Certificate. A mandatory requirement of this VET course is to undergo two weeks of work placement in industry.

VET (Vocational Education and Training) is part of tertiary education which provides accredited training in job related and technical skills. It covers a large number of careers and industries like trades and office work, retail, hospitality and technology.

Rose successfully completed her Hospitality work placements at Novotel Darling Harbour and at Steersons Steakhouse and was offered work at both.

Novotel Supervisor Leigh Roberson said “Rose got really involved and this is what makes work placement great. If the student shows interest, the Chefs will show the student much more than usual. Rose was so impressive she was making omelettes for our guests in the open kitchen during service.”

Rose’s teacher, Miss Da Silva says “Rose is a dedicated student who is committed to taking advantage of every opportunity that comes her way. She gives 110% in whatever she does and enjoys learning new skills. She is a gifted and hardworking student.”

Rose added “I love cooking. You’re able to express yourself and bring people together. I definitely gained new skills, interacted with staff and customers and learnt teamwork – all while doing something I love.”



Rose will complete Year 12 this year and plans to enter the political arena. She will undertake a Bachelor of Political Science where she wants to help create policies that address homelessness and the support of young carers as well as economic policy.

Rose sits on the NSW Carers Advisory Council, is an ambassador for the Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation and was a 2016 NSW Youth Parliamentarian.

Rose’s work placements were arranged by MWLP Linking Youth who place some 6,000 students each year into the workforce for the following frameworks: Automotive, Business Services, Construction, Electrotechnology, Entertainment, Hospitality, Human Services, Information & Digital Technology, Metal & Engineering, Primary Industries, Retail and Tourism.

For businesses that are interesting in hosting students like Rose, please contact MWLP on 4625 1863.

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