National Careers Ambassador, Mr Scott Cam has today kicked off a national tour to promote the value of vocational education and training.
Hosted by TAFE NSW Ryde, today is the first in a series of events Mr Cam will host across the country to raise the profile of the many ways a person can succeed through VET, with 2020 marking the year of action for VET in Australia.
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said VET is key to building our future workforce, and having a renowned VET graduate in Mr Cam is an effective way to create an even greater profile for the sector.
“The Australian Government’s focus on the VET sector is helping Australians starting their careers or changing careers to take advantage of the surging demand for skilled workers,” Minister Cash said.
“At TAFE Ryde today we saw the exciting teaching and learning taking place on campus. It’s clear that by learning a trade you will earn more, your skills will be in demand and you’ll help build our country and keep our economy strong,” Minister Cash said.
“I’m thrilled that Mr Cam will be busy this year getting the message out to young people and parents at events around Australia and through social media about the huge range of options and choices a VET pathway offers.”
Speaking at today’s event, Mr Cam highlighted the plethora of learning and career opportunities that can achieved through VET.
“VET is a truly great way to start your career, change your career, or boost your career. No matter what stage you are in your career.”
“I found career success through VET—and I’m not alone.”
As National Careers Ambassador, Mr Cam will help Australians at all ages and stages to make informed decisions about learning and training opportunities that can open pathways to rewarding jobs.
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, the Hon Steve Irons MP, said the Government’s $585 million Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow will drive changes to deliver a strengthened and robust sector.
“We know industry needs many more workers with technical, trade and practical skills and we are backing them through incentives, funding and reform to ensure the sector can deliver a skilled and responsive workforce that can meet these needs,” Mr Irons said.
Throughout the tour, Mr Cam will also be joined by members of the Australian VET Alumni, who comprise graduates, registered training organisations, practitioners and businesses dedicated to sharing their VET journey with Australians.
Together, Mr Cam and the Australian VET Alumni will use their success through VET to inspire others to participate in VET.
Read more about Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow here.
Learn more about Mr Cam’s VET success story here.
Caption: from left to right. Mary George, Scott Cam, Morgan Clementson at TAFE NSW Ryde