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.
Jack Trewick and Mahir Ozdilek.