Talented Vocational Education and Training (VET) students from Sydney Catholic Schools have been acknowledged with a slew of awards this year. 

Vocational Education and Training students at Sydney Catholic Schools scooped almost a quarter of the honours given at the MLWP Work Placement Awards.

Two students took out three of 16 awards at an event held by the not-for-profit youth career development provider in March. Another two were finalists.

Each of the winners and finalists studied at Southern Cross Catholic College (SCCC) Burwood, either full-time or by completing a VET course at the college as an External VET (EVET) student while enrolled at another Sydney Catholic school.

Emma Ayoub receives her award at the 2024 MLWP Work Placement Awards.Emma Ayoub, an EVET student from St Vincent’s College Ashfield, won the Automotive category of the awards.

Sky MacIntosh, an EVET student from Aquinas Catholic College Menai, won the allied health category of the awards and was also named the MLWP awards’ Student of the Year.

SCCC student Breeanna De Florian was a Hospitality – Kitchen Operations finalist, while her peer Bianca Villari was a finalist in the allied health category of the awards.

Well placed for future employment

Jobs in the allied health sector have grown by 8.4 per cent, or 24,400 jobs, according to the federal government’s 2023 Annual Jobs and Skills Report.

Student on stage at the 2024 MLWP Work Placement Awards night.The report also notes that growth in the care and support workforce over the past five years has been three times faster than total employment. 

Allied health roles including for occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and podiatrists are the second largest group among this growth, leaving SCCC graduates like Bianca and Skye with greater career options.

SCCC’s Enterprise Client Services Manager, Fern Cicciari, said the college was proud of the students’ achievements.

“It is always nice to be recognised for hard work in your chosen course. When this is  recognised in an external context amongst your peers it becomes even more of an accomplishment,”  she said.

“We at SCCC are very proud and thrilled for these young women and their achievements and of their amazing trainers and teachers.”

Talent shines at Executive Director’s Awards

The 2024 Executive Director’s Excellence in HSC and VET Awards on 17 April also acknowledged the skills and talents of VET students at Sydney Catholic Schools.

Students received 74 VET awards for excellence, diligence, and achievement in their chosen courses.

A further 13 students received an Industry Excellence, School-Based Apprentice of the Year or School-Based Trainee of the Year awards.

Sydney Catholic Schools is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) for the delivery of vocational qualifications accredited within the Australian Qualifications Framework. Read more about our courses offered here.