July 19th, 2017

An educated and skilled workforce is essential in today’s contemporary society. With shifting market demands across industries, the development of innovative technology and labour shortages of skilled workers now more so than ever, the skills, ‘hand on experience’ and qualifications achieved through vocational education and training (VET) courses can help start and build your career.

The need for skilled workers in Australia is at an all time high with increasing numbers of the mature aged workforce entering retirement. Skill shortages are apparent in a number of industries, including that of information technology. These skill demands give the youth of Australia the opportunity to think about developing skills for their future careers in lead up to National Skills Week, Australia’s pinnacle week for the promotion of the VET sector

VET gives young Australians an advantage when entering the workforce. Students not only learn the theory but also gain the practical experience they need to work competently in their industry after (and during) receiving their qualification,” says Kirstin Casey, General Manager of SkillsOne.

James Schifferle, VET Alumni member, Australian Training Awards’ 2016 School-based Apprentice of the Year Award finalist and Australian Apprenticeships Ambassador, commenced his Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology in Year 10 at Swan Hill College. James took the opportunity to connect his genuine interest in computers and electronics to a VET course, which simultaneously earnt him credits towards his Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE).

Vocational education and training provided a different method to learning, rather than learning from notes and text books, I was able to gain practical and hands on skills,” said James.

While completing his final year of high school and his Certificate III, James worked in his school’s IT department once day a week and is now completing at Bachelor of Computer Science at La Trobe University, where he hopes to go on to study cyber security.

For further information on James’ story, or other inspiring career stories from the Australian Training Awards, VET Alumni Program or the Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors program, visit the Australian Training Awards website.

SkillsOne will be showcasing VET qualifications during National Skills Week from August 28 to 3 September 2017. The week will see Australia celebrate the endless opportunities available through VET. To organise an event, or take part on the many events that can be found, visit the National Skills Week website.

For more information please contact: Kirstin Casey (General Manager at SkillsOne)

Mobile: 0420 652 558 Email: kirstin.casey@skillsone.com.au

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