News | Celebrating Excellence at CEDoW VET Awards

Posted 21 September 2022 by Catholic Education in News

The inaugural Catholic Education Diocese of Wollongong (CEDoW) Vocation Education and Training (VET) Awards ceremony, celebrating excellence in VET across both systemic and congregational schools within the diocese and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs), was held on Thursday 15 September. 

Jackson Losciuto, St Joseph's Catholic High School, Albion Park was awarded VET Student of the Year, while Zara Williams, also from St Joseph's, was awarded School based Trainee (SBAT) of the Year, and Allison Pace, St Mary Star of the Sea College, Wollongong named VET Trainer of the Year. 

Christina Desmond, CEDoW VET RTO Manager, said the annual awards provided an opportunity to celebrate the wonderful achievements and hard work of both students and trainers. 

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"Our VET trainers are all hard working teachers, who go above and beyond to deliver high quality training in nationally recognised qualifications, and therefore it is my great pleasure to take this opportunity to recognise them through these annual RTO VET awards," she said.  

The event held at the Marian Centre, Wollongong was attended by Peter Hill, Director of Schools; members of the CEDoW leadership team; nominated students and their families; secondary school principals; VET coordinators and nominated trainers, along with the event sponsors. In a highlight during the event, former students shared stories of their VET journey with guests, reflecting on how the VET program had influenced their post school pathways.  

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Currently, over 1100 students access a VET course as part of their Catholic education in the Diocese of Wollongong, which helps support their transition to post-school work and tertiary education by providing authentic, skills-based learning for a  fast-changing world that can contribute positively to both a students' HSC and ATAR, and open up valuable post-school pathways.

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Peter Hill, Director of Schools said, “The awards are the perfect platform to showcase Catholic education’s commitment to VET as an industry partner, and to acknowledge the best practice and quality of our registered training organisation.”

These awards reflect the ongoing commitment of VET teachers to meet the needs of students through the delivery of high-quality VET training,” he said.

“And to our students, these awards provide a unique opportunity to celebrate your achievements as you continue to develop the skills and knowledge for the jobs of today and those that don’t yet exist.”

Ten VET trainers and eleven student finalists received excellence in VET awards for their nominated framework. 

Please see below the full list of award winners.

VET Student framework winners of 2022

Business Services Jaime Johnston

Corpus Christi Catholic High School, Oak Flats         

Construction Jackson Losciuto St Joseph's Catholic High School, Albion Park
Electrotechnology Zachary Heiler                 

Holy Spirit College, Bellambi

Entertainment Alicia Mason

St Mary Star of the Sea College, Wollongong

Fitness Matthew Latta

St Gregory's College, Campbelltown

Kitchen Operations Nathan Secheny

Magdalene Catholic College, Narellan 

Hospitality Gabriel Nicolasora

Mt Carmel Catholic College, Varroville

Manufacturing & Engineering Jack Worthington

Edmund Rice College, West Wollongong

Primary Industries Mitch Alexander Chevalier College, Bowral
Retail Lucas Braithwaite

St Gregory's College, Campbelltown

VET trainer framework winners of the 2022 VET awards 

Business Services Erin Atanasovski            

Corpus Christi Catholic High School, Oak Flats           

Construction David Cavanagh

Corpus Christi Catholic High School, Oak Flats

Electrotechnology Mark Hamlet Holy Spirit College, Bellambi
Entertainment Lisa Lockett St Mary Star of the Sea College, Wollongong
Fitness Jack Lopez

St John the Evangelist Catholic High School, Nowra

School Kitchen Operations Allison Pace St Mary Star of the Sea College, Wollongong
Hospitality Andre Daniels

Mt Carmel Catholic College, Varroville

Manufacturing & Engineering Andrew Brooks Edmund Rice College, West Wollongong
Primary Industries Hayley Mahoney

St Gregory's College, Campbelltown

Retail Maria Santos St Gregory's College, Campbelltown

Major awards 

VET Student of the Year                                 Jackson Losciuto                         St Joseph's Catholic High School, Albion Park                                             
School Based Trainee (SBAT) of the Year               Zara Williams St Joseph's Catholic High School, Albion Park
VET Trainer of the Year                                      Allison Pace St Mary Star of the Sea College, Wollongong

We congratulate both students and staff on their outstanding achievements and wish them the very best with their future endeavours. 


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