Consider VET career pathways

HANDS ON CAREER:  If you love working with your hands  you could become an air-conditioning technician, an area that is growing in importance as our population expands.
HANDS ON CAREER: If you love working with your hands you could become an air-conditioning technician, an area that is growing in importance as our population expands.

In today’s world it is more important than ever to be armed with a skill or trade to ensure that we are all employed in jobs that are fulfilling and worthwhile.

Working in an area or field that you love that rewards you with remuneration as well as perfecting your skills, is one of the most satisfying aspects of adult life.  

No matter where your interests lie, there is a skill you can attain that could take you on the path of financial security while enjoying doing what it is you love the most.

From motor mechanics to flower arranging, through to air-conditioning and hospitality, there are so many choices and satisfaction to be gained from adding a qualification to your resume.

A LOVE OF FLOWERS:  If becoming a florist appeals to you, there are training and career pathways that could lead to your enjoying every day doing what you love

A LOVE OF FLOWERS: If becoming a florist appeals to you, there are training and career pathways that could lead to your enjoying every day doing what you love

National Skills Week aims to mobilise, inform and inspire Australians of all ages to explore the skills the industry needs to advance our competitiveness and global opportunity.

This year, from August 27 to September 2,  National Skills Weeks hopes to highlight and create a focal point for the promotion of Australia’s Vocational and Education Training Sector (VET).

Each year the week continues to celebrate and inform students and the wider public of the diversity and career pathways available through VET.  During the week the public can learn about all the new trends in job skills and those which are driving the growth of our country.  This could open up a whole new world that connects skill training with job outcomes.

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Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, The Hon Karen Andrews launched Real Skills for Real Careers, to champion the benefits of VET and Australian apprenticeships.

Minister Andrews said Real Skills for Real Careers would feature people sharing their personal VET success stories in videos, podcasts, brochures, posters and across social media.

“For too long, perceptions surrounding VET have been out of step with reality. Many parents are still inclined to encourage their children to go to university after leaving schools, rather than consider a VET career pathways.

“Others are convinced that VET is only for traditional trades like plumbing and carpentry. We need to dispel those myths,” she said. 

“The fact is that VET qualifications lead to successful, meaningful, professional careers with great salaries and outstanding careers prospects.”

National Skills Week is a collaborative approach dedicated to raising the status or practical and vocational learning, enabling all Australians to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities, their potential, and how skill attainment and up-skilling can contribute to the nation’s economy.

And, importantly, provide improved financial security, social development and increases in living standards.