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ACT Training Awards celebrate students

22 Sep 2020

The student Sebastian Connor from Dickson College

ACT public school students have been recognised for their vocational education and training achievements at the 2020 ACT Training Awards.

ACT Public Schools were well represented with seven of the eight finalists coming from Hawker College, Canberra College, Narrabundah College, Dickson College, Erindale College and Canberra High School.

Sebastian Connor, from Dickson College, was announced as the winner of the ACT Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award for his passion and enthusiasm to pursuing a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery.

Sebastian was awarded a cash price of $2,000 and will now represent the ACT at the National Training Awards.

Every student’s path is unique, so it’s important they have the opportunity to tailor their learning journey to support their personal goals, skills and interests.

Students at ACT colleges can complete a vocational course of study as part of their ACT senior secondary school certificate to attain a relevant, high quality, nationally recognised qualification that strengthens their pathways to further education and employment, this is called an Australian School-based Apprenticeship (ASbA).

Upon graduation, students who have undertaken an ASbA will receive their Year 12 certificate as well as a qualification in their chosen field of study. This year’s talented young nominees have embarked on certificates in a range of areas from electrotechnology and business to hospitality and hairdressing.

Many of the finalists will also take on ambassador roles for vocational education and training (VET) in schools to support other senior students in following the path that’s right for them.

Congratulations to Sebastian and all those nominated, we wish you well for your future endeavours.

To read more about VET opportunities through ACT public schools, see the VET page on our website.

You can watch the 2020 ACT Training Awards virtual ceremony External Link.

Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year Award winnerCertificate
Sebastian Connor Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
Ezekiel Turner Certificate II in Electrotechnology (Career Start)
Nakita Taylor Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work Preparation
Tarni Evans Certificate II in Resources and Infrastructure Work Preparation
Nathan Woodward Certificate II in Skills for Work and Vocational Pathways
Blake Frantz Certificate III in Business
Colby Jones Certificate III in Hairdressing