St James College Wins Prestigious National Training Award

Tuesday, 21 Nov 2023

St James College was named winner at the Australian Training Awards in the School Pathways to Vocational Education and Training (VET) category for its excellence and innovation in delivery of VET programs to secondary school students.

In its 30th year, the training awards highlight the importance of skill-based careers and skills excellence across Australia and acknowledges best practice in VET education and training.

The school's innovative approach to education, focuses on integrated and bespoke pathways for students, and has been transformative, particularly for its diverse and multicultural student body. The school's commitment to providing unrestricted access to VET pathways has also been a key factor in its success.

In her acceptance speech, Principal Rebgetz emphasised the importance of excellence, innovation, and accessible education stating, "Our education in our school is liberating."

“This really is a win, a win for skills in training, but a win about excellence and innovation in schools and about access to that.”

“We have many students from refugee backgrounds and first nations backgrounds and so to think we're the best is really an accolade that goes back to those students believing in themselves,” Rebgetz added.

The award was presented by the Minister for Training and Skills Development the Hon Di Farmer MP who said, “The awards bring the best of the best of the country’s training talent together, and I was privileged to be able to be with our Queensland finalists and celebrate their fantastic achievements.”

St James College's win at the Australian Training Awards is testament to their commitment to empowering and skilling all students and bridging the equity gap in education.