Minister’s Message

The Hon Karen Andrews MP
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills

A Week to Showcase Australia’s Skills Talent and Diversity

Today’s economic market means industries are searching for people with transferable and innovative skills to meet the challenges and opportunities of both now and the future.

In my role as Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Training, I continue to hear that employers are increasingly turning to Australia’s industry-led vocational education and training (VET)  system to find these candidates.

National Skills Week is a time to recognise the valuable contribution VET has made in Australia. This event celebrates the strengths of Australia’s VET system, and showcases the valuable career opportunities it presents.

Australia is internationally renowned for its VET system, thanks to its experienced industry educators delivering nationally recognised qualifications and modern, adaptable skills.

To ensure our world class VET system continues to deliver our workforce needs, the Australian Government launched the $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund in this year’s Federal Budget. The ongoing fund will ensure VET’s long term, vital role in advancing Australia’s economic development.

Through the Fund, we will see more skilled apprentices and trainees to keep our nation operating. Given the wide range of VET qualifications available this will mean more bakers, carpenters, mechanics, brick layers, hairdressers, social and health care workers and accountants just to name a few. We will also be able to nurture emerging industry-defined specialists, as we move towards a digitalized world.

The possibilities offered by the sector demonstrate why now, more than ever, is the best time to be involved in VET.

This year’s National Skills Week will see a number of events and activities that celebrate the significant achievements of our VET system, and provides an opportunity to inform Australians about the array of talent and prosperity this sector has to offer.

I encourage you to play a part by organising or attending an event or activity to recognise this important week for VET.

Kind Regards,


The Hon Karen Andrews MP

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills