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Scott Cam headlines year of action for skills and training


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business
The Hon Steve Irons MP
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships

National Careers Ambassador and Australia’s favourite tradie Scott Cam today kicked off a national tour to promote the value of vocational education, at an event hosted by TAFE NSW Ryde.

With 2020 the year of action for vocational education and training (VET) in Australia, Mr Cam will help spread the word that a vocational education can lead to high paying and fulfilling jobs.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said vocational education and training is key to building our future workforce.

“The Morrison 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.

“It’s clear that by learning a trade you have the potential to earn more, your skills will be in demand and you’ll help build our country to 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 about the huge range of options and choices a VET pathway offers.”

As National Careers Ambassador, Mr Cam will demonstrate the value of a trades career. He 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 skills package is driving fundamental change in Australia’s workforce.

“We know that industry needs more workers with technical, trade and practical skills. We are backing Australians through incentives, funding and reform to ensure that the sector can deliver the skilled and responsive workforce to meet these needs,” Mr Irons said.

The Morrison Government is committed to raising the profile of the vocational education and training sector to establish it as a first choice option for skills development and support the creation of an additional 80,000 apprenticeships over the next five years.

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