National Skills Week: 24 – 30 August

National Skills Week is dedicated to raising the profile and status of vocational learning, dispelling outdated myths and showcasing the attractive career opportunities for all Australians. Vocational Education and Training (VET) has been the foundation of Australia’s strong and vibrant economy. It has produced industry leaders, it offers great diversity, new and exciting career paths, supports our resources and primary industries, builds our cities, supports our tourism, our monuments, our heritage and much, much more. National Skills Week is an initiative of SkillsOne, who will once again be driving the initiative, working with government and stakeholders to achieve beneficial outcomes for all involved in vocational learning. There is further information below regarding Vocational Education and Training that may be of interest to you, including the SkillsOne digital showcase and a webinar busting many myths around VET. 

Workforce of the Future - A National Skills Week Event – Friday 28 August 12-1pm (AEST) 

What does Australia’s workforce of the future look like? What kinds of jobs will be around after the COVID-19 pandemic? What skills and training do school leavers need to make sure they can find meaningful, long-term employment? You are invited to join three of Australia’s leading business leaders from across the Mining, Digital and Human Services sectors to discuss the future of Australia’s workforce. In this special one-hour live streamed event, featuring leaders from the Australian Government’s Skills Organisation Pilots, you will have the chance to ask questions and learn about the skills employers are looking for to build the workforce of the future. For more information, and to register, click here.

SkillsOne Skills and Thrills Digital Parent Showcase – information about Vocational pathways

The NSW Department of Education has developed a 25-minute video, hosted by Rachel Beck, which is an engaging and informative look at vocational education and training (VET), and the success stories that emanate from VET pathways. The video is well worth a look, even if your child is not specifically considering VET options after school, and will provide some current knowledge around the many pathways available to all students, which may assist you in helping your child/children make informed career choices. Topics covered in the video include apprenticeships and traineeships, TAFE and private training providers, industry trends, Covid-19 impacts on industry, Vocational Education and Training (VET) options, where to find information and links to further resources. This content will only be available for a four-week period from  Monday 10 August to Friday 4 September and the content cannot be downloaded or saved, so it must be watched during this time. To view the video, registration is required. After registering, you will receive an email that provides the username and passcode to view the video. While the content is directed specifically at parents, it would also be beneficial for students to also view it. Supporting this video, SkillsOne will be holding a live streamed Q&A panel discussion on the SkillsOne Facebook page tomorrow, Wednesday 26 August 2020. Industry and education professionals will be available to answer parents’ pre-submitted questions.

VET Mythbusters free webinar: A parent’s guide to Vocational Education & Training

As part of National Skills Week, the Australian Parents Council is proud to present a free webinar, "VET Myth Busters: A parent’s guide to Vocational Education and Training" being held on Thursday 27 August at 7.30pm. The session is designed to answer parent questions about what vocational education and training is, and aims to provide up to date, relevant information so parents can help guide their children into rewarding careers. It will explore the choices available to students, alternative career paths, apprenticeships and work placements, support for trainees, and the flexible options to help young people upskill and get ready for work. A panel of industry experts, training providers and careers advisors will be ready to answers questions. Parents can submit questions to the panel ahead of time via media@austparents.edu.au. The webinar is open to all parents and students across Australia. Simply register here.

Year 13 Expo - Future of Work – Tuesday 25 to Thursday 27 August 2020

The Future of Work Expo is being held during National Skills Week, August 25-27, and is designed to enable youth to take control of their post-school decisions by arming them with information and insights into the future of the Australian workforce and what to expect from a career in the industries they are interested in. They will gain a ‘behind the scenes’ understanding of their future lifestyle as a worker, and employee, and learn about the skills needed to succeed in the future world of work. Students in Years 10 – 12 have been emailed information about how to access this online digital expo.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) options at PGS

Students looking to develop and broaden their skills while studying at school, might like to consider undertaking a Vocational Education and Training (VET) program. There are many to choose from including courses in Agriculture, Animal Studies, Automotive, Business Services, Child Care, Construction, Electrotechnology, Engineering, Fitness, Game Design, Hair & Beauty, Horticulture, Hospitality, Make Up and Plumbing, and details can be found on the Pulteney Futures website. Many of the predicted growth areas into the future are covered through Vocational Education and Training, with positive employment outcomes for many who undertake this pathway. Another positive aspect of pursuing a vocational pathway is that the current median starting salary for a VET graduate is slightly higher ($56,000) than the starting median salary for a university graduate ($54,000). If parents or students would like to discuss VET options further, please feel free to contact me.

Year 7 Futures – Dream and Discover

I am very excited to be working with the Year 7 students for the first time. Last week, I presented a “Future World of Work” seminar to them, where they explored the changing nature of work, the impacts of technology, globalisation and an ageing population on the future workforce, the potential challenges the world will face moving forward, the opportunities these will provide, and the skills required to solve them. Over the next 5 weeks, the students will further explore their skills, values and interests, and have an opportunity to dream big and explore what their future might hold.

If you have any questions, or require any additional support or resources, please feel free to contact me on 8216 5553, or via email at leeanne.bryan@pulteney.sa.edu.au.

Have a fantastic rest of the week! 


Leeanne Johnston-Bryan

Coordinator of Futures