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Cash prizes for VET students in annual award up for grabs

14th October 2020

The VET Student of the Year Awards 2020 are on again! Joined as always by major sponsors Balco, Wakefield Regional Council is looking for vocational education and training students to pick up the crown and win some cash prizes.

For several years these awards have highlighted the hard work and dedication of students enrolled in a school-based apprenticeship, who undertake a TAFE course part-time while completing high school.

The awards have even more significance when you consider what little space is reserved for awarding the skills in trade and apprenticeship training, in comparison to traditional academic studies.

Wakefield Mayor Rodney Reid said the awards are designed to provide students with experience in the job candidate process.

“As part of the application, we ask the students to come into the Civic Centre, just as you would with a normal interview,” Mayor Reid said. “This is set up as more of a chat so we can meet the student, however, past winners have agreed that this is a great practice run for real interviews.”

“If you know someone who is undertaking a training course alongside their school curriculum and has done some great work, encourage them to nominate for this round of awards.

“Participation in the awards is a fun and worthwhile experience and something you can add to your resume to help you stand out. You also go into the running to win cash prizes.

“Winners have used the prize money to fund further education and training and the award’s platform allowed them to gain work experience opportunities within their chosen industries.

“Past nominees are also more than welcome to apply for this outstanding program again.”

Those enrolled or who have recently finished a VET course and who reside in the Wakefield Regional Council area or attend school in the area, you can apply online now.

Applications close Friday 13 November 2020.