National Skills Week 2016

National Skills Week is held to mobilise, inform and inspire Australians to seriously look at what VET has to offer in regard to obtaining skills that Industry needs.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) is clearly one of the primary ways for students to access rewarding career pathways.  Nationally accredited qualifications, issued by Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) can be an important point in peoples’ lives – the starting point of a new career, whether you are 18 or 50, and whether you are looking to be an employee or an entrepreneur starting your own business. Vocational qualifications offer practical experience, with courses delivered by qualified industry experts.

This year, National Skills Week will be held between August 29th and September 4th. Attendees will include: students, careers advisers, industry associations, parents and training professionals. The theme for 2016 is:


National Skills week was begun in 2011. The goal of the week is to recognise and celebrate Vocational Education and Training (VET). It does this mainly by informing students and the general public about VET diversity, benefits and career paths.

More and more stakeholders believe that the week has an important role in highlighting industry trends and the link between training and employment. Stakeholders include Career Advisors, Industry Associations and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs). Given the fact that some RTOs have given the industry a black eye recently due to unscrupulous behaviour, this is a great opportunity to promote VET and the successful outcomes it achieves. VET is important to individuals, industry and the Australian economy.

The Week will kick off in Melbourne on August 24th with a cocktail function and various skill and trade demonstrations at the Queen Victoria Markets. This will be followed by launches in many states and territories.

For more information please contact: Kirstin Casey (General Manager at SkillsOne) Mobile: 0420 652 558 Email: [email protected]