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As an employer and business owner, you need to remain competitive in the changing global economy. Your employees need relevant, transferable and innovative skills to meet today’s challenges and tomorrow’s opportunities. If you are thinking about investing in the skills of your workforce, it’s a good time to consider VET for your staff. My Skills can help you invest wisely in the future of your business.

What is VET?

VET, or vocational education and training, offers your staff nationally recognised qualifications across a range of areas relevant to your industry.  Qualifications range from Certificate I to Certificate IV, Diploma, and Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma. Unlike other learning options, VET lets your staff undertake partial qualifications, short courses, skill sets and units of competency, allowing them to gain the specific skills relevant to your business needs.

Your staff can study directly with a registered training organisation (RTO) or they can train on the job through an apprenticeship or traineeship if they are available in your industry.

How can I take on an apprentice or trainee?

Employing an Australian Apprentice (apprentice or trainee) is a smart investment in the future of your business. Investing in training through an Australian Apprenticeship can provide your business with real benefits and contribute to your bottom line. You can find an Australian Apprentice by:


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Benefits of VET

Vocational education and training (VET) is the most flexible choice when you need to invest in training.

For a start, there are financial subsidies available for some businesses that train their staff through VET. And if that’s not enough to convince you, think about this:

  • VET is industry led, and delivered, by industry professionals
  • VET qualifications provide tailored, specific, and practical skills in a much broader range of subjects than you might think
  • VET can upskill your workforce
  • Investing in your employees’ futures through VET can support the growth of your business

VET qualifications can be offered full-time, part-time, via flexible delivery such as e-learning, or by gaining recognition for work and life experiences to help achieve qualifications faster.

Depending on the training provider, some registered training organisations may have the flexibility for your staff to study on a campus or by offering a range of delivery methods. These include open learning, online modules, classroom, workshop or office based settings, or even a combination of these options.

Vocational education and training

  • Offers some courses which are subsidised by the Government
  • Provides tailored, specific practical skills
  • Allows you to invest in your staff
  • Delivered by industry professionals

Increase your competitive edge in the global changing economy


Identify the future skill needs of your business, as well as the current skills of your staff.


Talk to government and industry bodies about the availability of skills funding initiatives.

Use My Skills

Use My Skills to find a ‘real world’ qualification that will give your staff the hands-on knowledge and experience they need to become globally skilled professionals.

VET delivers outstanding results for employers of all sizes – watch the following stories and see for yourself.

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Hutchinson Builders

"They're not only training apprentices, they're training for people who are going to be future leaders of the company."

Industry: Building and Construction

Employees: Over 1000, Including 160 Australian Apprentices

Queensland’s Hutchinson Builders, the 2017 Australian Training Award Winner for the Large Employer of the Year, have a dedicated workforce development program well-equipped to deliver training to all employees. Apprentices, trainees and other staff benefit from mentoring and individual support as they’re engaged in accredited training and other training activities.

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Dardanup Butchering Company

“We don't see training as a cost, we see training as an investment.”

Industry: Meat

Employees: 200, Including 35 Australian Apprentices

Dardanup Butchering is a family-owned company in Western Australia. It employs over 200 people, including 35 apprentices. Realising that ‘skilled’ staff are more productive, efficient and dedicated, the company offers nationally recognised training to all employees, which is tailored to their role within the organisation.

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Real prospects: Australian Apprenticeships for Employers


If you are a business considering hiring an Australian Apprentice, the Real Prospects: Australian Apprenticeships for Employers video shares the perspectives of businesses that have enjoyed sustainable growth by investing in apprentices and trainees. Featuring AFL Legend Kevin Sheedy AM and owner and manager of The Valonz Group, Renya Xydis, see interviews with the staff and apprentices of successful companies, such as Hutchinson Builders and Dardanup Butchering Company.

Apprenticeships & Traineeships

Gaining a VET qualification through an Australian Apprenticeship (apprenticeship or traineeship) gives people the opportunity to train, study and earn an income at a variety of qualification levels in most occupations. Apprenticeships and traineeships combine time at work with training, and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.

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Skills for your Career

If you have identified the future skill needs of your business, My Skills can help you find the right qualifications for your staff. You can search for VET qualifications and compare information such as fees, duration, graduate satisfaction, job prospects and available subsidies.

There are a few different ways to search for VET qualifications on My Skills.

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Financial Assistance

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Subsidised Training

VET Student Loans

If enrolling in an approved Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma, you may be eligible your employees may be eligible for a VET Student Loan to pay their tuition fees. Look out for the ‘VSL’ icon when you’re searching for qualifications in My Skills. There’s even a handy ‘Calculator’ to show what their initial debt will be.


With so much information about careers, it’s hard to know where to start or where to look.
Here’s a few sites you may find useful once you’ve found the right VET course and training provider on My Skills.
For more information about careers, please visit the Your Career website.