Release type: Media Release


Employer Partner Program attracts high flyers


The Hon Steve Irons MP
Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships

The Morrison Government today launched its Employer Partner Program at the QantasLink hangar in Perth as part of National Skills Week.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, the Hon Steve Irons MP, said the program brings together Government and industry to raise the profile of vocational education and training (VET).

“I’m delighted to announce that we’ve had Qantas, PwC Australia, Hays Recruitment, Lendlease, the BBC, Aspen Medical and CSIRO Data61 sign up to the Employer Partner Program,” Minister Irons said.

“Together we want to reach students who are about to embark on their first career and those looking to upskill or step into a new career, to let them know the kinds of opportunities that VET can help them realise.

“By joining the Employer Partner Program, these businesses are letting job seekers know their doors are open to VET graduates.

“With the employment landscape changing, what industry requires from graduates and the workforce is versatility, education and hands-on experience.”

The Employer Partner Program is part of the Australian Government’s VET Information Strategy—an initiative in the $525 million skills package announced in April this year—which will ensure Australia’s VET sector delivers the skills critical to the economy, both now and into the future.

“For those thinking about future study, there is funding available from the Australian Government to help students start a VET course today.

“There are courses in a huge range of areas – from aerospace to building and construction, to business, finance, health, science and engineering, hospitality and information technology, and so much more.

“We are working together to ensure that Australian businesses are able to find the skilled employees they need to thrive.”