Celebrating National Skills Week 2019 – Real Skills For Real Careers
National Skills Week 2019
National Skills Week is an annual celebration of the benefits of studying Vocational Education in Australia. The aim of the week is to inform the public–especially aspiring students–of the multitude of opportunities that VET can provide for you and your career goals. The event was first created eight years ago by the Hon. Karen Andrews, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills.
This year’s theme ‘Real Skills for Real Careers’ is focused on sharing real student’s stories in VET and the successes they’ve experienced in their careers. Through highlighting the value of training in Australia, the aim of this yearly event is to generate positive discussions around VET training and apprenticeships, as well as informing students of the opportunities that it can provide for them.
There’s a growing demand for skilled careers that often require the hands-on training that’s become synonymous with the VET sector; but despite this, there’s still a major gap between the skills of the workforce and the demand for jobs in the trades, engineering and technology in particular. Throughout August 27th to 2nd September, National Skills Week is set to experience over 500 events, conferences and discussions Nationwide, at schools, Universities, learning centres and more.
For too long, perceptions surrounding VET have been out of step with reality. Many parents are still inclined to encourage their children to go to university after leaving schools, rather than consider a VET career pathways. others are convinced that VET is only for traditional trades like plumbing and carpentry. We need to dispel those myths.
– Hon. Karen Andrews, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
Median annual income for VET Graduates by field of education
Engineering and related technologies
Architecture and building
Management and commerce
Agriculture, environmental and related studies
Society and culture
Food, hospitality and personal services
Natural and physical sciences
Mixed field programmes
National Skills Week is very important in communicating just what the VET sector has to offer. The main objectives include to promote the benefits of apprentices to both employers and school-leavers, in an effort to raise dropping apprenticeship enrolment rates. There’s also a need to showcase the range of provider options available to students, including TAFE and Private Providers, which are not always considered in the decision to study. Through inspiring student stories and opening lines of communication between institutes, government and the public; the event is focused on reducing the stigma surrounding TAFE and VET studies; as well as promoting this line of education to meet future economic and government projections.
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