Sydney, Australia : The 5th National Skills Week (NSW) began in Sydney on the 24th of August and will run through the week from 24th to 30th. This event focuses on raising the status of Vocational Education and Training (VET) and is a program close to the heart of Australian Government’s department of Education and Training.
Every year dedicates itself to a special ‘National Skills Week’ theme. Keeping in line with the tradition, this year’s theme also has a certain objective. The theme for this 5th NSW is ‘Australia’s emerging areas of opportunity’ for which the NSW will embrace and bring into central attention, the skill needs associated with new trends and avenues of emerging areas.
VET is an important contributor to the lives of individual Australians and brings the nation on a high pedestal with reference to highlighting the talents, skills, career pathways and value of apprentices and trainees to the wider public and employers. The week is dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning. Target is to coordinate a nationwide celebration of vocational qualifications and to shine a spotlight on the achievements of practical learners. Steps taken will be in the direction of highlighting opportunities for minority groups such as Indigenous Australians and workers with disabilities.
Success stories will be revisited, women will get encouraged into non-traditional trades such as building and construction or automotive, and emphasis will be laid on looking into the changes in technology as well as society that make careers in non traditional industries accessible