Last week, Prime Minster Scott Morrison announced that he wants to raise the status of Vocational Education and Training (VET). “TAFE education is as good as Uni”, he has told The Australian.
By 2023, Australia will need approximately one million more workers (5.36 million) with certificate two, three or four qualifications than it will those with bachelor degrees or higher (4.42 million) (source: Department of Jobs and Small Business)
National Skills Week is being held from 26 August – 1 September and highlights skills career opportunities with the objective of stimulating the minds of parents, students looking for career opportunities and jobs growth Australia is forecast to experience.
Research over the past ten years has consistently highlighted that VET is not perceived as a first choice career pathway for many Australians, and that general community are not aware of the many potential benefits VET can offer its participants. But it is not just about traditional trades.
Growth and skills shortage industries: aviation, health care, defence, tourism, hospitality, cyber security, IT, agriculture, beauty therapists, retail,
Health Care and Social Assistance is the largest and fastest growing industry in Australia and is projected to have the strongest employment growth of any industry over the five years to May 2022, supported by the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Australia’s ageing population.
The top five occupations in this industry are registered nurses, aged and disabled carers, child carers, nursing support and personal care workers and receptionists.
Health Workforce Australia estimates that there will be a shortage of over 100,000 nurses by 2025 while an additional 10,000 more jobs are needed in childcare.
Australia’s cyber security workforce is already short some 2300 workers and Australia is expected to need up to 17,600 additional cyber security workers by 2026.
When you look at the jobs growth predicted in vocational skill areas it is a highly compelling argument for both parents, students to carefully consider vocational skill areas when assessing career options.
VET is vitally important to securing a strong and prosperous future for our nation. Skills and training are central to our economic growth, our business productivity and creating more jobs.
For further information visit and to learn about National Skills Week events near you visit – www.nationalskillsweek.com.au