Yass Tribune – August 8, 2018: More than 30 NSW students from 27 high schools joined around 500 of Australia’s skilled young tradespeople and other secondary school students to compete in 2018 Skills Show Australia in Sydney in June, with 11 NSW students recognised for their outstanding skills.
Their subjects covered automotive, business services, commercial cookery, construction, electrotechnology, food and beverage, hairdressing, information, digital media and technology, metal and engineering, and primary industries.
Skills Show Australia 2018 provides visitors with an opportunity to discover future careers through interactive events, demonstrations and competitions. It aims to equip young Australians with the knowledge to make an informed choice about their future career options.
The Skills Show also provides them with a unique chance to network with the hundreds of industry and educational experts.
According to the Department of Education students who study a VET qualification at school are more likely to succeed studying higher level VET qualifications and gain apprenticeships or other employment when they leave school.
The Perceptions Are Not Reality report released by Skilling Australia Foundation found that VET graduates’ employment rates and salary are comparable or higher than rates for graduates from bachelor degree programs.
The report’s aim was to debunk some of the myths which exist around the ‘university versus vocational education’ debate when it comes to the likelihood of securing a job after study, the income you might start on and how much that study may cost you before securing a job.
Vocational education and training programs, including school based apprenticeships, traineeships and work placements, are a great way for students to experience work and undertake formal, on the job training as part of their HSC.
The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) endorses VET courses for inclusion in the Record of School Achievement (RoSA) or the Higher School Certificate (HSC). Speak to your school’s VET co-ordinator or Careers Adviser to learn more.