29.10.13Blacktown Students vying for 2013 Student of the Year in Vocation Education Training Awards

BREED has announced its 2013 finalists of the prestigious Blacktown based Awards for Excellence program. The winners are the best in their vocational education training (VET) category and will be vying for the 2013 VET Student of the Year Award.

The Student of the year will be announced at the annual awards dinner before family, school principals, business and civic leaders, on the 19th November, at the Blacktown City Council Civic Centre.

2013 BREED Award for Excellence – Student Winners

The BREED Awards for excellence are the only vocation education training awards in the region and categories cover 14 different subject groups. Other categories include: School Based Trainee, Work Experience, Independent Employment Advisory Service and iCareer.

Student winners are selected on criteria of employability skills and determined by a BREED committee in consultation with schools and employers.

VET award categories include: Business Services, Information Technology, Café Skills, Commercial Cookery, Entertainment, Tourism, Primary Industries, Construction, Metals and Engineering, Retail, Automotive, Financial Services, Health Services Assistance and Electro-technology.

The 17 Students come from a cross section of Blacktown Schools and TAFE WSI; and are following:

Erskine Park High School
Evans High School
Loyola Senior High School
Mitchell High School
Plumpton High School
Riverstone High School
Rooty Hill High School
St Marys Senior High School
Terra Sancta College
The Hills Sport High School
WSI TAFE Blacktown College
WSI TAFE Mt Druitt College
Wyndham College

BREED Managing Director Stephen Frost said, “Every-year we are faced with the enormous task of selecting from hundreds of outstanding students; this year is no exception, the 2013 winners are remarkable young people and wonderful ambassadors for the Blacktown Region.”

“On behalf of BREED, I would like to wish all the winning students, employers and Partners success in the 2013 Awards for Excellence”.

Employers are also acknowledged at the Awards and cover the VET subject range and include:

Award heading

Business Name


Outstanding Employer in Automotive – Sound PowerSound Car Audio Mt Druitt
Outstanding Employer in Business Services Global Skills Blacktown Blacktown
Outstanding Employer in Construction Instyle Carpentry St Clair
Outstanding Employer in Electro-technology Benetron Blacktown
Outstanding Employer in    Entertainment Richmond Players Inc Richmond
Outstanding  Employer   in Financial Services Arnold Stevens Finlay Blacktown
Outstanding Employer in Hospitality Blacktown Hospital Food Services Blacktown
Outstanding Employer in Information Technology Dcomp Mt Druitt Mt Druitt
Outstanding Employer in Metals and Engineering M D Conversions Blacktown
Outstanding Employer in Primary Industries Featherdale Wildlife Park Blacktown
Outstanding Employer in Retail Services Target Mt Druitt Mt Druitt
Outstanding Employer in Tourism and Events Chifley Hotel Eastern Creek Doonside
Outstanding BREED Partner St Marys Senior High School Cambridge Park
Outstanding BREED Partner apprenticepower Dean Park

By the end of 2013, BREED host employers’ would have hosted over 3,500 students’ from the Blacktown Region. Employers are nominated by students and schools and are rated on a criterion of being an employer of excellence.

BREED works with many organisations to develop partnerships that create opportunities for the regions young people; and takes the opportunity to also acknowledge outstanding BREED Partners at the event.


For more information about the 2013 Awards for Excellence and structured work placement, please call Keren Lavery Ph. 9853 3211 or email klavery@breed.org.au.

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