Minister’s Message

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

Showcasing Real Skills for Real Careers

National Skills Week is the time for our vocational education and training sector to shine. It’s a time for us to reflect on the fantastic outcomes a VET qualification or apprenticeship can lead to, and the many career pathways that it can open. It’s a time to showcase the best of VET.

In November last year, I launched the VET Information Strategy at the Australian Training Awards as we commenced a massive push to raise the status of VET. It offers a first-stop information source, consistent key messaging and a unifying tagline – real skills for real careers.

I am delighted National Skills Week has adopted real skills for real careers as this year’s theme, because it reinforces the important central message for Australia’s VET sector – we offer the pathway to gain the real skills that lead to real careers.

Australia, unfortunately, has developed a culture where families and schools often look to encourage students down the university path as a first choice, overlooking the fact that VET can lead to an equally successful and satisfying career.

You only need look at our wonderful Australian VET Alumni, who proudly promote their journey through VET to highlight just what can be gained by following in their footsteps toward a VET qualification.

Members of our Alumni volunteer their time to attend public presentations at schools, conferences or community activities to spread the word. They are also active online through social media, videos and blogs, all of which are accessible through myskills.gov.au.

They are the face of real skills for real careers because they have experienced the journey and we can all learn from them.

National Skills Week gives us all a platform to promote the positive stories of the VET sector and to share the value of a VET pathway, not just for an individual but for the whole community.

There are many ways you can support the promotion of VET through National Skills Week and all year round with plenty of handy hints, suggestions and resources available through myskills.gov.au.

I encourage you all to celebrate VET through National Skills Week and get on board to promote real skills for real careers.

 

Kind Regards,

 

The Hon Karen Andrews MP

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills