Vocational Education A Great Option As Pens Go Down For 2015 HSC Students

Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott has congratulated the 870 local HSC students as exams draw to an end.

More than 12,000 students across the state are sitting exams on the final day, with Visual Arts the last to finish at 3.30pm today.

Mr Elliott said the HSC class of 2015 has worked extremely hard and should be very proud to have completed the HSC.

“This is a huge moment in the lives of these students, who are marking the end of 13 years of schooling and starting a new and exciting chapter in their lives,” Mr Elliott said.

“From my visits to local schools, I have seen how hard students have worked to prepare for the past 18 days of exams demonstrating their skills and knowledge and now it’s time for a well-earned break.”

Students can login to Students Online to get their school assessment ranks from 5pm tonight and will receive their HSC results on Wednesday 16 December.

“Our HSC students should be extremely proud of achieving this significant milestone, regardless of what result they receive on December 16.”

Mr Elliott urged Baulkham Hills graduates to consider vocational training as the first step on the path to a long, rewarding career.

“Vocational skills are always in demand – from construction to computing, there’s a huge variety of skills you can learn that will set you up for a rewarding career,” Mr Elliott said.

“We know employers need more people trained in areas like aged care and health, technology and science. These are the kinds of areas of training that will prepare people for the jobs of the future, and help ensure our state keeps moving.

“Learning a trade is also a great way to get involved in the NSW Government’s multi-billion dollar infrastructure program.

“The NSW Government is investing to help people take advantage of the great opportunities presented by vocational training.”

From 2016, the NSW Government is investing in a range of initiatives to make it easier for young people to access high quality training that will help them get a good job, including:

•           200,000 fee-free scholarships with priority for people living in, or on the waiting list for, social housing

•           A cap on traineeship fees of $1,000

•           $10 million investment to “try before you buy” through free pre-traineeship and pre-apprenticeship courses – funding 2,000 places, particularly for 2015 school leavers

•           $25 million to deliver 25,000 scholarships to students enrolling in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics related vocational qualifications

•           $10 million investment for an additional 2,000 places for students to train for jobs to support the delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme

•           Free vocational education and training, for qualifications on the NSW Skills List, for people with a disability, regardless of whether it is a first or subsequent qualification.