2023 Vocational Educational Student of the Year

Jade Crook

Renmark High School
Certificate III Individual Support – Ageing
RTO: MADEC Australia

Because of Jade’s passion for helping the elderly with dignity and respect, she was offered a job early in her placement at Renmark Residential Aged Care. In her role as a Direct Care Attendant, Jade showed compassion, empathy, and patience   despite having never worked with the elderly before.  Having completed her Certificate III in Individual Support – Ageing in 2023, in the VET in Schools Program, Jade’s goal is to gain Nursing and Midwifery Degrees and to work overseas where there is a desperate need for medical assistance.

Runner up
Makaede Ireland 

Loxton High School
Certificate III in Rural Operations

Makaede’s first step towards her career as a qualified Vet, commenced when she studied Certificate III in Rural Operations in the VET in Schools Program in 2023. Makaede valued this course for the skills and knowledge she gained to seek employment in a wide range of settings within agricultural and rural operations. Her goal is to complete her Bachelor of Veterinary Bioscience at the University of Adelaide.