Celebrating National Skills Week
This year’s skills week is more important than ever as people think deeply about their futures while the country slowly emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic. During the week, events showcase the many pathways to success and dispel some of the out-dated myths often associated with vocational training. Activities range from free video conference presentations and interactive workshops hosted by the Apprenticeship Employment Network (AEN), virtual careers weeks and information sessions by TAFEs and other training providers as well as Year13’s Future of Work Expo. Read more about the activities here.
Examples of some National Skills Week activities are highlighted as well as uplifting stories about students and their learning achievements at TAFE.
Some students undertake nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualifications while they are still at school. Check out the video from Dalby State High School in Queensland’s Darling Downs region to get an idea of what VET in schools can look like.
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Things are evolving quickly in the world of work. From new technologies to world pandemics, the future of work is up in the air and it’s hard to know where to start when it comes to planning a career. Year13’s online Future of Work Expo will give people a better view of what jobs could look like in a few years’ time, and help people figure out what skills they may need in order to get there.
To celebrate National Skills Week 2020, CQUniversity will be hosting a range of activities throughout the week including online information sessions, accommodation open days in Rockhampton and Mackay and a Youth and Careers Expo in Cairns targeted at anyone interested in starting, changing or upgrading their career as well as school leavers.
Flexibility of learning pathways is a feature of studying in TAFEs and many TAFEs now offer higher education courses to meet student demand.
Parkes Shire Council and its staff are ‘walking the talk’ when it comes to professional development and lifelong learning. In a partnership with TAFE NSW, council staff are undertaking the Diploma of Project Management which has been customised to meet the needs of Parkes Shire Council.
With a shortage of skilled aged care workers in the regions, TAFE NSW is upskilling local students in the aged care industry which is expected to grow strongly over the next five years. TAFE NSW works closely with local aged care facilities to arrange work experience opportunities for students to learn and practice their skills in an employment setting. Often this leads to students gaining employment very quickly.
The health care and social assistance industry is the largest employing industry in Australia, according to the Australian Industry and Skills Committee, with 1.7 million people employed nationwide in the sector in 2019 – a number expected to grow to 1.9 million by 2041. The demand for skilled health and community services workers will only continue to grow.