National Skills Week 2018 – Real Skills for Real Careers

IMG_8472_300pxVocational education and training (VET) plays a significant role in the strength and advancement of Australia’s economic competitiveness.

An ever-changing global economy means employers are actively searching for candidates with relevant, transferable, and innovative skills to meet the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow. These are the practical skills used to produce industry leaders, build our cities, and support our resources as a nation.

The primary focus of National Skills Week 2018 (August 27 to September 2), which was launched at Box Hill Institute last night, is to highlight the importance, achievements, and excellence of the VET sector at large. It’s time we levelled the education playing field, to dispel myths that suggest attending university is the primary, and preferable pathway to a successful and financially rewarding career.

The Hon. Karen Andrews, Assistant Minister for Vocational Training and Skills said, “National Skills Week is a time for us to reflect on the fantastic outcomes a VET qualification can lead to, and the many career pathways it can open. It’s a time to showcase the best of VET.

“It’s great to see training providers from across Victoria coming together for National Skills Week to promote vocational education and training across Victoria.

“More than ever the jobs in demand need skills taught by TAFE and training providers – to make sure Victorians are first in line for the jobs we’re creating we’re making record investments in training.

“Career Switch and Skills Switch will help match students and workers with the right training and skills to help them transition into new careers,” she said.

This year’s theme Real Skills for Real Careers enlivens the message that VET is industry led, and equips graduates with – not just a set of skills – but nationally recognised qualifications that offer equally outstanding employment prospects and career pathways.

The Australian VET Alumni is a national community of VET graduates that collectively demonstrate the diversity and depth of talent from various disciplines, which every year are showcased and acknowledged by the Australian Training Awards.

During National Skills Week, Alumni members are offering to visit and share their VET stories at secondary schools throughout Australia.

Visit myskills.gov.au for VET Information and case studies.

 

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