National Skills Week is back to help educate people about the importance of VET training.

An annual event in its 12th year, National Skills Week will be running from the 22-28 August. It seeks to raise awareness about the diverse careers available through VET (Vocational Education and Training) courses, and highlight the most in-demand jobs of the future. 

According to National Skills Week chairman, Brian Wexham, “National Skills Week plays a pivotal role in strengthening and communicating the key messages of industry and government in an environment shaped by the fluid nature of skills requirements and ever-evolving technologies.” 

“This initiative is designed to achieve real, transformative outcomes for Australian people – to inspire people to undertake active, participative education and training that VET provides resulting in skills that can realise immediate rewards in jobs, success and contribute to building our economy.”



What to expect 

This event has four main goals: to dispel negative perceptions around VET education, to highlight the diverse career pathways on offer, to showcase success stories that stem from VET, and to bring focus to emerging skills needs.

The theme for the 2022 convention is ‘A universe of skills: go beyond your imagination.’ It includes around 400 events, seminars, and launches, including positive stories from graduates who inspire others to consider VET pathways, as well as analysis from key industry experts. There will also be discussions about the skills and workforce requirements needed across a range of sectors. 

This year will be a return to in-person events, following covid restrictions last year. The organisers will also provide showcases in school, to help school-leavers understand a different career path available to them.



Information is key

As part of the event, National Skills Week identifies the most in demand jobs of the future, so Australians can gain the training and education they need to maintain stable employment.

According to The National Skills Commission, the following areas are set to see the highest job growth over the next 5 years:

  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Professional, Scientific and Technical Services
  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Education and Training

All sectors which are catered to through an array of VET courses. And Brian Wexham says it’s critical that school leavers, job seekers, and parents are informed of what skills and training are required for the jobs of the future. 



“This will ensure our young people, yet to start careers, can gain training and skills in education which is going to secure them a job at the end of that training.”

“Further, it will assist in funnelling Australia’s labour market into the training opportunities which are most likely going to lead to their employment i.e. the most in-demand jobs of the future.”

There are a range of events to get involved in for National Skills Week, and it’s guaranteed to be an interesting and informative experience for everyone involved.


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