Vocational education in our schools is the winner

Hundreds of students, parents and educators attended the recent 2018 Vocational Education and Training Awards held in the grand ballroom at Bankstown Sports.

The night was a celebration of vocational education and highlighted the talented schools, teachers and students that are involved.

Camden High School took out top school. Two teachers also won awards. Cindy Cunynghame won National Worldskills Team Leader and Aaron Wormald won Commitment to Excellence in VET Delivery for Entertainment. Student Georgia Smith was a finalist for the VET Excellence Award in Primary Industries and won the National Worldskills Representative for Primary Industries.

Camden High School representatives with MWLP’s Michael Everett 2nd from right

Finalist Campbelltown Performing Arts High School took out the top student award. Jye Dawson won 2018 VET Student of the Year and Erin Holthouse won VET Excellence in Hospitality Kitchen Operations.

Campbelltown Performing Arts High School representatives

Vocational Education and Training (VET) courses are offered to students in years 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Courses include business services, construction, entertainment, hospitality, information and digital technology, metal and engineering and primary industries, just to name a few.

The courses lead toward a Certificate I, II or III qualification and contribute to further studies at TAFE NSW, private colleges and university.

Best of all students acquire work-related skills and get to put them to good use when hosted by businesses as part of work placement, which is a mandatory requirement.
These courses often lead to successful traineeships or apprenticeships being undertaken with over 70% leading to full time employment. Thanks to a recent Government initiative, apprenticeships are now free.

In the next 12 months alone, experts predict NSW will need another 50,000 skilled construction workers and 19,000 chefs. There has never been a better time for our youth to start an apprenticeship and VET in Schools is a valuable start.

MWLP Linking Youth is a work placement provider who links the students to business for work placement. Last year they placed some 6,000 students into the workforce.
MWLP’s Work Placement Manager, Michael Everett said “It was awesome to see so many students, teachers and schools from our region take out the top awards. VET in Schools and the work placement programs are a great initiative. It’s a win/win for both the student and the host business. We hear of so many good news stories with students being offered apprenticeships or casual work after their placement. The businesses love it too as they say it is absolutely the best way to interview.”


The winners from our region are:

VET Student of the Year
Jye Dawson, Construction – Campbelltown Performing Arts High School

VET in Schools Excellence
Camden High School

Commitment to Excellence in VET Delivery
Aaron Wormald, Entertainment – Camden High School
Glenn Spruce, Sport Coaching – Ambarvale High School

National Worldskills Team Leaders
Cindy Cunynghame – Camden High School
National Worldskills Representatives
Cayden Darley – Picton High School
Georgia Smith – Camden High School

School Delivered VET Excellence Awards
Construction – Jye Dawson, Campbelltown Performing Arts High School
Entertainment – Vanessa Chan, Strathfield Girls High School
Hospitality Kitchen Operations – Erin Holthouse, Campbelltown Performing Arts High School
Information & Digital Technology Rachel Hsia, Beverly Hills Girls High School
Metal & Engineering – Jayden Murray-Guerrero, Robert Townson High School
Primary Industries – Anastacia Atkins, Picton High School
Retail Services – Vanessa Ting Tran, Birrong Girls High School
Sport Coaching – Cheyanne Gurnett, Bass High School

VET Diligence Awards
Business Services – Noor Azizah Azizah, Wiley Park Girls High School
Hospitality 120 hour course – Joshua Jackson, Eagle Vale High (delivered by Sarah Redfern)
Hospitality Kitchen Operations – Tran Bao Chau Vo, Birrong Girls High School
Information & Digital Technology Bianca Adamovic, Beverly Hills Girls High School
Primary Industries – Christopher Durrant, Picton High School
Retail Services – Zaynab Abdullah, Birrong Girls High School

Media relations contact: Sue Scobie Ph 0438 046 293 or email sue.scobie@mwlp.com.au

About MWLP:
MWLP is a not-for-profit organisation. Its work focuses on improving education and transition outcomes for all young people; especially in preparing them for the world of work, nurturing aspiration, career management and entrepreneurialism, whilst simultaneously addressing the ongoing needs of business.