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Kyabram's Chloe claims excellence award

Kyabram P-12 College student Chloe Chiswell has won the Community Services Award in this year’s VET in Schools Excellence Awards.

December 4, 2013 4:14am

Chloe Chiswell received her Community Services Award from Donna McManus of Community Living and Respite Services.

Kyabram P-12 College student Chloe Chiswell has won the Community Services Award for this year’s VET in Schools Excellence Awards.

The awards, organised by the Campaspe Cohuna Local Learning and Employment Network, recognise the achievements of students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training subjects in the region.

VET refers to nationally recognised vocational certificates, which can be taken as part of students Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) studies.

Chloe, 17, received her award at CCLLEN’s awards night at Moama Bowling Club.

‘‘I really wasn’t expecting to win the award and was quite nervous and kind of hoping someone else would win so that I didn’t have to go up to collect it,’’ she said.

‘‘It was quite overwhelming but felt really good as well.’’

Chloe studied Certificate II Community Services at Kyabram Community and Learning Centre as part of her VET course program at Kyabram P-12 College and was nominated for the award by KCLC trainer Jenny Kennedy.

The award application process included providing a resume and work placement report, plus sitting an interview with three judges.

‘‘Doing the interview was quite nerve-wracking, but its good practice for job interviews in the future,’’ Chloe said.

The course was a combination of classroom based learning and work experience placements which Chloe did at KCLCs Child Care Centre and Brunswick East Kindergarten in Melbourne.

‘‘I like both the classroom and hands on aspects of the subject. I’ve done baby sitting and also netball coaching with young kids and I really like looking after them and getting to know them,’’ she said.

‘‘I’m doing Certificate III in Childrens Services as part of my Year 12 studies next year and then I’m planning to do my diploma the year after.’’

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