School Pathways to VET Award

The School Pathways to VET Award recognises eligible organisations including schools, registered training organisations, industry bodies, employers that have collaboratively delivered an excellent vocational education and training (VET) program to secondary school students.

Sydney based Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College was the winner of the national School Pathways to VET Award at the 2013 Australian Training Awards. The Award recognises an organisation or partnership that has delivered excellent education and training programs to secondary school students.

"Winning the School Pathways to VET Award is fantastic recognition for the hard work of our staff, our business and industry partners, the students, our College Advisory Board, our colleagues in the Catholic Education Office and many other people," Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College Principal Patrick O’Reilly said.

"We offer 15 different vocational qualification courses and students typically undertake three of those to Certificate II level; in eight course areas students can attain Certificate III. We also have more than 50 school-based apprentices and trainees this year which has grown dramatically in the past two years."

Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College engages its students in developing skills for success in life, learning and employment, through personalised learning opportunities within a holistic, Catholic community. Students combine vocational course offerings, tailored together with other complementary courses, to pursue their post-school ambitions while successfully meeting nationally recognised training qualification requirements and the New South Wales Higher School Certificate.

Its $25 million state-of-the-art facilities opened in 2010 and since that time has delivered 15 vocational education and training qualifications to more than 600 students.

"We are committed to ensuring our students become the best people they can be, undertaking quality training on-and-off campus, so they can emerge confident, skilled and employable young men and women." Patrick said.