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National Skills Week celebrates skilled workers

Ministers:

Senator the Hon Chris Evans
Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Jobs and Workplace Relations
Leader of the Government in the Senate

The inaugural National Skills Week will shine a light on the hundreds of career opportunities and thousands of training places available for Australians of all ages, Skills Minister, Senator Chris Evans said today.

“No matter where you live or what skills you have, there has never been a better time to access training, gain new skills or get a formal qualification,” Senator Evans said.

“National Skills Week is a chance to celebrate skills in their many forms and to send a very clear message that technical education is very highly valued in Australia.

“Getting a trade or skills qualification is a passport to a high-paid and rewarding job and the Government is funding a record number of training places.”

Senator Evans said the Commonwealth, in partnership with business, is investing in targeted skills training to meet demand in growth sectors such as resources and construction.

“We are delivering 130 000 high quality training places and providing training to workers who are making the transition from sectors in our economy which are experiencing structural adjustment to sectors in which skilled labour is in strong demand,” Senator Evans said.

“Our economy remains strong and there is continued demand for skilled workers in our job market.

“This week is an opportunity for all Australians to gain a better understanding of the diverse range of skills in demand across our economy.

“During National Skills Week I encourage all Australians to investigate the life changing training opportunities that are available across the nation.”

The theme for the 2011 National Skills Week is „Hands and Minds: the DNA of skills and trades‟.

The Government, in partnership with SkillsOne, will support hundreds of activities to showcase the talents of our nation‟s skilled workers and provide information about a skilled career.

For more information see www.nationalskillsweek.com.au, www.worldskills.org.au or www.skills.gov.au.