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CEO of Australian Industry Standards (AIS) Robert Adams says National Skills Week (26 August – 1 September) is an important opportunity to highlight the diverse skills that can be achieved through vocational education qualifications and pathways, and to recognise the sector’s contribution to Australian lives, businesses and economic growth.
“The VET pathway can lead to rewarding and well-paid careers as has been shown in research pointing to the strong career outcomes available through skills and training,” Mr Adams said.
“The Grattan Institute’s recent report ‘Risks and rewards: when is vocational education a good alternative to higher education’ found that a good tertiary education system steers prospective students towards courses that increase their opportunities and minimise their risks and that Australia’s post-school system does not always achieve this goal.
“This is significant at a time when we know that many industries are experiencing skills shortages,” he said.
“The aim of National Skills Week to raise the status of vocational learning and enable all Australians to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities, potential, and contribution it makes to a successful, modern economy is one that we fully support,” he said.
Mr Adams said AIS is a government funded, not for profit organisation that works with industry to ensure that Training Packages for the national VET system are contemporary, future-focused and aligned with the needs of industry.
“AIS currently works under the leadership of 11 Industry Reference Committees (IRC’s) that represent the aviation, transport and logistics, maritime, energy, water and utilities, public safety, police, fire, defence and corrections sectors.
“We are proud to support the work of national skills development by providing high quality technical and secretariat capability across industry engagement, research and analysis, and project management, to produce training packages and deliver support services.
“Our people are passionate about skills development. We understand the nexus between world-class skills and a strong economy, and we believe in the transformational power of skills development for growth and productivity and to create career pathways for individuals.
“I encourage everyone in the sector and the wider community to get behind National Skills Week to help ensure that VET pathways achieve the equal billing they deserve among career choices.”
For information about National Skills Week visit: http://www.nationalskillsweek.com.au/