High-achieving Victorian Certificate for Applied Learning (VCAL) students from Northern Victoria were celebrated today at an awards ceremony held at Deakin Edge in Federation Square.
Mark Gepp MP, Labor Member for Northern Victoria today congratulated Shepparton High School students;
- Liaqat Ahmadi,
- Taylah Cavanagh,
- Loughlin Long,
- Steven Mark,
- Joshua Ringrose,
- Brandon Stoll
Who each received the Senior Team Achievement Award for demonstrating outstanding achievement and making significant contributions to their schools and communities.
The Awards also recognise the contribution of VCAL teachers and partner organisations in the development and delivery of innovative VCAL programs.
This year there were 36 award recipients from across Victoria, recognised for their achievements in 22 categories, ranging from fundraising to community outreach and environmental projects.
The VCAL Achievement Awards highlight the opportunities for practical learning available to Victorian students that will set them up for a wide range of future pathways.
Since it was introduced in 2002, VCAL has kept many young Victorians engaged in education and training, helping them to build strong links with the community and to connect with training providers, industry and local businesses.
The popularity of VCAL is demonstrated by the continued growth in the number of enrolled students. In 2018, there were 24,302 enrolments in VCAL and 468 providers.
VCAL is a hands-on option that gives students practical work experience, as well as literacy and numeracy skills, enabling them to undertake structured workplace learning while providing a chance to work as part of a team and apply their knowledge from the classroom.
It prepares students for apprenticeships, traineeships, further education and employment.
For more information about the VCAL Achievement Awards visit: vcaa.vic.edu.au
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, State Labor Member for Northern Victoria
“Students and teachers in Northern Victoria continue to show us how impressive their work and achievements are.”
“It’s fantastic to see these Shepparton students recognised for everything they’ve done.”