Wa Public School Wins $100,000 For Job Training Program

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Media Statement  

Attention: Editor/Chief of Staff 

28 October 2010

WA public school wins $100,000 for job training partnership

A WA senior high school is $100,000 richer after winning a prestigious banking industry award

for helping students to study for future trade jobs. 

John Forrest Senior High School in Morley was named the State Impact winner in the 2010

Schools First competition run by the National Australia Bank (NAB).

The award recognised an industry partnership program which has resulted in more Year 11

and 12 students staying on at the school to complete pre-apprenticeship studies.  

The program is run in conjunction

with MPA Skills –

the principal training arm of the Master

Plumbers and Gasfitters Association of WA and the Master Painters Association of WA.

The Schools First awards have

provided more than $10 million to schools across Australia

since they were launched by NAB,

the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)

and the Foundation for Young Australians. 

NAB’s Jodi Cryan said judges assessed John Forrest’s program as being WA’s leading

example of how a school and a community can work together.

Principal Di Turner said the school was ecstatic about the win and the $100,000 will be used to

promote the pre-apprenticeship project to other WA public schools.

“The pre-apprenticeship training is delivered by our industry partners at

the school

and has

many benefits for everyone involved,” Ms Turner said. 

“While students get valuable training, industries get access to a reliable source of potential


Ms Turner said students in the program complete Year 11 and 12 and graduate with a


Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) and a pre-apprenticeship qualification

which provides a pathway to a full apprenticeship.

The program will soon be delivered from a new Trade Training Centre under construction at

the school. The building is expected to be completed in November. 

About 880 schools Australia-wide lodged applications in this year’s Schools First awards. 

John Forrest Senior High School will now represent WA at the Schools First National Impact

Awards in Sydney on November 26. The national winner will receive a further $400,000.


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Eight other WA public schools also scored significant prize money in the awards: 

Baldivis Primary School - $50,000 Local Impact Award

Balga Senior High School - $50,000 Local Impact Award

Bunbury Primary School - $50,000 Local Impact Award

Bunbury Senior High School - $50,000 Local Impact Award

Lakeland Senior High School - $50,000 Local Impact Award

Halls Head Community College Education Support Centre - $50,000 Local Impact Award                    

Kununurra District High School – $25,000 Seed Funding Award

Westminster Junior Primary School – $25,000 Seed Funding Award


Media contact: Chris Lawson 08 9264 5921

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