MPA Skills and John Forrest Secondary College win again!

MPA Skills / John Forrest Secondary College were again awarded the WA VET in Schools Excellence Award 2012 on Saturday night 15 September 2012 at the WA Training Awards.

Wayne Morling (MPA Skills General Manager) accepted the Award on behalf of MPA Skills along side Judy Silsbury (Principal John Forrest Secondary College).

Nearly every school in the state has a VET program, so for the MPA Skills / JFSC program to be recognized is a great achievement. The program is unique because the school and our industry have a direct relationship that is focused on preparing youth for employment with very successful employment outcomes.

Advert in the Sunday Times (16 September 2012) promoting the Award winners.

School Pathways to VET Award

The John Forrest Secondary College/MPA Skills Partnership WINS AGAIN.

At a prestigious ceremony at the Brisbane Convention Centre on November 25, the John Forrest/MPA Skills Partnership was awarded the Federal Government's 2011 Australian Training Award for the best School Pathway to VET program in Australia!

This is a sensational achievement which gives national acclaim to the outstanding opportunities being provided and impressive outcomes being achieved through the John Forrest Trade Training Centre and the world class partnership that has been forged between John Forrest and the industry’s Plumbing and Gasfitting and Painting and Decorating leaders in training – MPA Skills. This partnership was also the State winner of the School First Award in 2010.

The Painting and Decorating and Plumbing and Gasfitting programs offered through the MPA Skills/John Forrest partnership address industry shortages and provide a win-win arrangement for all stakeholders. Through these programs, students begin the first stage of a mapped and highly supportive lifecycle for employment that begins with the integration of the School-Based Pre-Apprenticeship and School-Based Apprenticeship training programs within the senior school curriculum. The pathway continues through to potential employment by the MPA Skills Apprentice Employment Division as full-time apprentices on completion of Year 12 or in lieu of finishing secondary schooling. As employees of MPA Skills, students remain in the supportive and nurturing MPA Skills environment and have ongoing access to training expertise, industry mentors and the huge range of employers and tradespeople who form the membership of Master Plumbers and Gasfitters Association of Western Australia and the Master Painters Australia (WA) Association.

Trends have shown increased applications each year and it is anticipated that beyond 2011 there will be waiting lists in all programs.

For further information on the Australian Training Awards 2011, click here.

WorldSkills National

Click here to view Dr Ruth Shean, Director General of Department of Training and Workforce Development, letter of congratulations to MPA Skills after WorldSkills National competition in Sydney.

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