July 11th, 2016

World Youth Skills Day on July 15th highlights “Skill development as a primary means to enabling young people to make a smooth transition into the world of work”, states UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

With only 50 days until the National launch of National Skills Week in Melbourne, Victoria, both events find commonality in shining a spotlight on the need to fill gaps in sectors with skill shortages and celebrate the important role Australian youth play in a number of traditional and emerging industries.

National Skills Week focuses on promoting the benefits of Vocational Education and Training as a first choice pathway leading to a successful skilled or trade career. “The VET sector is at the forefront of providing practical training to students with courses delivered and lead by world-class teachers, mentors and ambassadors” Kirstin Casey, General Manager, SkillsOne has said.

Ambassadors are particularly beneficial in impacting the lives of Australia’s youth, providing an example of just where hard work and dedication to your studies, trade or apprenticeship can take you.

This is particularly evident in Australian Training Award Alumni, representing the very best in winners andf inalists from across the country in categories including Individual, Business and Registered Training Organisation awards.

Brenden Williamson from NSW, who is the 2015 Australian School-based Apprentice of the Year, completed a Certificate III in Motorcycle Mechanical Technical Technology at TAFE NSW- Sydney Institute. Now enjoying successful employment within the industry, Brenden’s win has opened up networks and opportunities within his sector and allowed him to become an Ambassador for skills, promoting the Vocational Education and Training sector at a national level.

Brenden is now often invited to speak at events attended by students, focusing on the positive outcomes and benefits of the VET sector. Brenden’s enthusiasm and passion for vocational training and his chosen pathway continues to inspire students across the country. “My vocational education took me to whole new heights, and opened up so many doors”, he has said.

It’s time to recognise the important role VET plays in developing young skilled professionals, who go on to make a positive impact across industries nation wide.

Join us in celebrating these positive stories during National Skills Week, (August 29th- September 04th 2016). For more information on the many events you can get involved in, or to register an event visit www.nationalskillsweek.com.au

For further information on Brenden Williamson’s story or that of other winners and finalists from the Australian Training Awards, visit https://www.australiantrainingawards.gov.au/story

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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