The Australian Vocational Student Prize gives national recognition to achievements in vocational training completed in secondary education, particularly those in senior secondary years.
The Australian Vocational Student Prize promotes the value of gaining vocational skills while at school. It acknowledges that vocational education prepares students for further training and employment.
Five hundred prizes, of a certificate and $2000, are available nationally each year. The best of these students will be selected for the Prime Minister’s Award for Skills Excellence in School which carries a prize of an additional $2000.
Each year schools are invited to nominate students who have chosen to do practical, vocational training while completing their senior secondary studies.
Nominating students must:
- have completed, or be due to complete, Year 12 in the year of nomination
- have completed, or be due to complete, a Vocational Education and Training programme or an Australian School-based Apprenticeship to a minimum Certificate II as part of their senior secondary studies
- have their vocational education and training or Australian School-based Apprenticeship results recorded on their senior secondary certificate
- be an Australian citizen or permanent resident.