VET stu­dents are cream of the crop


CAM­PASPE Co­huna Lo­cal Learn­ing and Em­ploy­ment Net­work (CCLLEN) held their an­nual VET Ex­cel­lence awards night at the Moama Bowl­ing Club on Novem­ber 13.

This gath­er­ing rep­re­sented the best of the VET stu­dents from around the district, with 55 fi­nal­ists across 16 cat­e­gories.

And Rochester Sec­ondary Col­lege stu­dents Jack Trewick, Seth McClure and Robert Bes­sell were re­cip­i­ents of awards in three of the cat­e­gories.

All 55 stu­dents went through an in­ter­view process with the judges: Bren­don Hawken, Belinda Egan and Michael Pratt. Au­tho­rised by the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment, Can­berra

In his speech on the night, Mr Pratt recog­nised the chal­leng­ing work com­pleted by stu­dents and the com­mit­ment by them and their fam­i­lies to their vo­ca­tion.

“To the fi­nal­ists, thank you for putting in the ef­fort and rep­re­sent­ing your­selves so ad­mirably over the in­ter­view process,” he said.

“Par­ents and fam­i­lies out there, you are the ones that have sup­ported sons and daugh­ters, you’ve done the miles, done the fol­low-ups, done the pick-ups and more, so thank you on our be­half.”

Mr Pratt said the judges un­der­stood the chal­lenge fac­ing stu­dents in not only their work place­ment but also the in­ter­view process by fac­ing a panel of three judges.

“The stu­dents did an amaz­ing job, they truly de­serve to be nom­i­nated, listed as a fi­nal­ist and are most def­i­nitely recog­nised as the cream of the crop,” he said.

Robert Bes­sell took out the Engi­neer­ing cat­e­gory, Seth McLure for Build­ing and Con­struc­tion and Jack Trewick took the over­all award for Best School Based Ap­pren­tice/ Trainee.

Rochester Sec­ondary Col­lege as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal Bar­bara Mc­Carty said the school was im­mensely proud of all their VET stu­dents nom­i­nated.

“Well done to all stu­dents in­volved, we’re very proud and spe­cial con­grat­u­la­tions must go to the ul­ti­mate win­ners of the ex­cel­lence awards,” Ms Mc­Carty said.

Robert Bes­sell.

Jack Trewick and Mahir Ozdilek.

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