VET in focus for National Skills Week launch

Sep 7, 2016    

Members of the MWLP team were fortunate enough to attend the launch of National Skills Week 2016, held at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College, alongside a host of industry leaders, VET in Schools, Trainers and Staff and key political figures.

National Skills Week commenced August 29 and focused on the importance of Vocational Education and Training (VET) in the fast-moving workforce of today. Brian Wexham CEO of SkillsOne and driving partner behind National Skills Week officially opened the event and spoke of the high level of employability and work readiness VET qualified students have in the workforce.

Guest speaker Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business the Hon John Barilaro also addressed the need to change the mentality behind vocational education and encouraged parents and teachers to see a career outside of a university degree. Mr Barilaro spoke of skills locally and nationally that need to be filled by VET students. “In NSW right now there are jobs everywhere, be it in tourism, hospitality, construction, the health sector. The NDIS (National Disability Insurance Scheme) rollout means by 2019 we’ll need another 25 000 personnel just in NSW to meet that need and 90 000 across the nation”, he said.

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Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business the Hon John Barilaro.  (Photo: Gene Ramirez SCCVC)

Mr Barilaro highlighted National Skills Week as an opportunity to seek out those individuals who have found success through vocational education and share their stories with others.

Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College hosted the event which is the first time in its six-year history to be held at a school. The school showcased its wonderful facilities with the colleges hospitality staff and students catering the launch in their large onsite commercial kitchen. Principal Patrick O’Reilly was thrilled at the opportunity to put the success of the students on show. “We’re excited at the number of individual awards and corporate awards we’ve received and we’re excited that next week one of our Year 12 students Alana Samrani is a finalist in the NSW training awards in the school-based apprenticeship and traineeship category” added Mr O’Reilly.

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 SCCVC students and staff catered for the launch at their onsite commercial kitchen.  (Photo: Gene Ramirez SCCVC)