National Skills Week 2016

From 29 August to 4 September, Australians will once again ban together to recognise the value of vocational education and training during National Skills Week.

National Skills Week is an initiative first launched by SkillsOne in 2011 designed to “…bring to life the positive messages, highlighting the talents, the skills, the career pathways and the value of apprentices and trainees across Australia to the wider public and employers.” This year’s theme is New World, New Vision, New Future, which aims to challenge people to think about how much they really know about VET, the progression opportunities and the rapidly changing jobs market.

WorldSkills Australia will participate in the national launch of National Skills Week, which will take place on 24 August at Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Markets.  While the Hon Steve Herbert, Victorian Minister for Training and Skills presides over a private cocktail function, the general public will have the opportunity to discover a range of trade and skill-based careers through WorldSkills Australia’s popular Try’aSkill activities in bricklaying (by ABBTF) and floristry.

Board Chair of WorldSkills Australia and SkillsOne’s CEO, Brian Wexham emphasises the importance of events like National Skills Week that promote and celebrate VET. “National Skills Week highlights the diversity of vocational education and training and raises the profile of industry trends and the career pathways, showing how to connect passion with a career outcome,” he says.

“The week provides a wonderful platform in which to highlight the positive stories of Australian Training Awards Alumni and WorldSkills Australia Skillaroos, outline the many varied and successful opportunities available through a VET career.”

For more information about National Skills Week and a listing of events occurring over the coming months, visit: