VETiS Awards Highlight Rising Stars

23 November 2015

Over 150 members of community and industry came together on Wednesday 28 October to celebrate the 2015 Durack Institute of Technology VETiS Awards.

The Vocational Education & Training in School (VETiS) Awards have become a significant strategy to enhance the profile of VETiS programs in the Mid West and Gascoyne regions.

A Vocational Education and Training (VET) program whilst at school allows students to learn about industry pathways and gain skills that are relevant to industry needs.

With five categories on offer, students from participating secondary schools were vying for the ultimate title of 2015 VETiS Student of the Year.


Durack received 30 applications from students covering the following categories:

• Aboriginal Vocational Education and Training (VET) Student
• Education Support Student
• Pre-Apprenticeship in Schools Program
• Employment Based Training 
• Certificate II or Higher Vocational Studies Student

Parents, students and schools also nominated 15 local businesses which support work placement for the VETiS program for small, medium and large employer of the year.

For schools, the Awards were an excellent promotional tool and validation of how these innovative training programs have benefited students.

For businesses, the Awards provided a benchmark of excellence that placed organisations at the forefront in an increasingly competitive market.

Results from the event can be viewed on the Durack website or the special FaceBook page dedicated to showcasing the awards.

Taking out the top gong of 2015 Durack VETiS Student of the Year was Sean Chadwick who unfortunately could not attend on the night, but was represented by his mum to accept his award on his behalf.

VETiS Student of the Year

The event was made possible by the following local businesses as sponsors who recognise the importance of vocational education and training in secondary schools.

ATC Midwest
Durack Institute of Technology

Glassco WA
Ian Blayney MLA
JobLink Midwest

Herk’s Panel Repairs
Herrings Coastal Plumbing & Gasfitting
S&K Electrical Contracting 

VETiS programs will commence again in the new year when students return to secondary school in 2016. For information about VETiS programs, visit or contact

AUST Large Training Provider of the Year Award_Finalist 


FT - Full time

PT - Part time

FLX - Flexible

RPL - Recognition of prior learning

ONL - Online

OPL - Open learning

PRE - Preapprenticeship

APP - Apprenticeship

TRN - Traineeship

WPA - Workplace assessment