It’s all about educating you, the students and the public, about options for training and other career paths available within Australia’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.
National Skills Week 27th August to 2nd September 2018
VET is designed to provide you with the specific skills, knowledge and workplace experience to help you pursue a career within a defined industry.
If you have a specific career in mind, you’d like to start earning straight away, or maybe you just don’t fancy going to University, then you might want to consider a VET course or an apprenticeship.
National Skills Week is designed to break down barriers to VET courses – people tend to think that these courses and apprenticeships are really limited, but VET can provide entrance into most industries and careers, from trades, architecture, engineering and office work, to retail, hospitality and technology.
Learn about the options available with VET, and discover your future career potential within different industries and occupations.
“The fact is that VET qualifications lead to successful, meaningful, professional careers with great salaries and outstanding careers prospects.”
The Hon. Karen Andrews – Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
The Facts about VET and Apprenticeships
VET Courses are delivered by TAFEs and other Registered Training Organisers (RTO’s) – there’s around 5,000 to choose from, check out the link above to find one near you and see what’s on offer.
- They offer short courses covering most industries you can imagine (and probably a few more)
- Get a taste of different jobs and choose a career you’d like to pursue
- Any VET courses you do will teach you useful skills that could be transferrable to other industries
- Doing a VET course is going to look great on your CV
VET Courses can be FREE
With the importance of VET Skills being recognised by the government for the future growth of Australia’s economy, there are few ways you can access subsidised short courses so you won’t be out of pocket.
Education in Australia is largely state-based, and access to free courses can vary between states.
There is plenty of information out there and its really easy to find with a quick internet search.
For example, https://www.vic.gov.au/freetafe/free-tafe.html – this site lists all the free non-apprenticeship courses and apprenticeship pathway courses available in Victoria for 2019.
Click here to find out how you can earn while you learn, get workplace experience in addition to gaining new skills. You can work directly with employers or through organisations who arrange it all for you, and you might even have a job lined up before you finish.
You can start an apprenticeship while still at school in Years 11 & 12, as a school-leaver or if you are just seeking a career change later in life. A secondary school certificate or other qualifications may not be required to secure a traineeship.
There are so many ways you can get involved with National Skills Week and find out more:
Anyone can participate in National Skills Week
With events, open days, workshops, showcases and more happening in every state across Australia, search here to see what’s going on near you
Watch some of these informative short videos about opportunities within different industries, future skills, work placements, women in trades and worldskills
Read about some of the institutions offering VET courses and watch some short videos about the choices on offer
Read about some of the past winners, runners-up and finalists of the Australian Training Awards, get motivated reading about their successes though VET
Australian Apprenticeship Ambassadors talk about how their experiences led them to a career, higher pay packets and a rewarding work life
Short video showcasing opportunities that everyday people have experienced through their apprenticeships
Look back the highlights of the showcases around Queensland, taking careers advice out of the classroom providing fun facts and films for Year 7-12’s about industry trends and jobs of the future
Easily digestible film clips from the Queensland Showcases, highlighting future jobs and industry trends, with fun facts for your students
A huge variety of short videos to share with your students about industries out there, future skills required and advice about how to go about getting them
Motivational videos about some the past winners of the Australian Training Awards
See about getting one of the many Ambassadors to come to school and speak with your students
Click on the ‘Helpful tips for Schools & Careers Advisers’ for a handy list of ways to engage your pupils
And if there’s still more you’d like to do, then contact your local TAFE or registered RTO and find out when they have their open days.