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Australia National Skills Week 2014

National Skills Week Australia now in its third year will again set out to bring to life the positive messages, highlighting the talents, the skills, the career pathways and the value of apprentices and trainees across Australia to the wider public and employers. The week is dedicated to raising the status of practical and vocational learning.

National Skills Week 2014 – Dates have been announced!

We are thrilled to confirm that the week will be held from August 25 – 31, 2014. We know it’s still a fair way out, but we encourage you to start thinking about ways you can be involved! Click here to look at our past events from National Skills Week 2013 for some inspiration.

Past years achieved much, with unparalleled media coverage accompanied by the practical inclusions of over 400 known events taking place across the country delivering engaging and inspirational messages, promoting the VET sector generally.

SkillsOne will once again be driving the initiative working with government and stakeholders to achieve unique and beneficial outcomes, accompanied and supported by unprecedented media coverage.

National Skills Week

SkillsOne has been the active participant driving the working relationship and partnership with stakeholders to assist the Australian Government in meeting the unique challenges to address national skill and labour demands and provide opportunity for Australians young and old, to benefit from a growth economy.

The Vision

To raise the status of practical and vocational learning, enabling all Australians to gain a greater understanding of the opportunities, their potential, and how they can contribute to a successful, modern economy.

The Mission

To articulate and advocate – “learning by doing is as important as academic learning”. To showcase examples of the many pathways to success and to dispel some of the out-dated myths often associated with vocational training.

The Objectives

To coordinate a nationwide celebration of vocational qualifications and to shine a spotlight on the achievements of practical learners. Highlight opportunities for minority groups such as Indigenous Australians and workers with disabilities. 

Focus on the success stories. Encourage women to get into non-traditional trades such as building and construction or automotive, and emphasise the changes in technology as well as society that make careers in non traditional industries accessible. Capture the attention of the media and provide engaging platforms for positive stories and announcements. Include platforms of social media to expand audience participation.

To highlight the talent and skills of apprentices to the wider public and employers- i.e. WorldSkills Competitions, Australian Training Award ambassadors. Take advantage of the opportunity to celebrate vocational qualifications taken by people of all ages and at all levels. To showcase and profile Registered Training Organisations, Trade Training Centres in schools (VETiS), Group Training Organisations and Employers.

To focus on the vocational landscape, its diversity and the opportunities for young and old. To highlight the range of apprenticeships available in different sectors and the related pathways.

To engage with and persuade employers of the advantages associated with employing and supporting apprentices. Wider benefits sought include: motivating more entrants to the workforce with an appreciation of “Australia at Work”; raised skills within the adult workforce; and promoting re-skilling to address the challenges of change and productivity.

Providing opportunity for Federal and State Government Ministers to highlight government policy and the positive outcomes sought to showcase industry and the sector (TAFE) working together to increase positive economic outcomes.



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