Vocational education and training goes online

Federal Member for Wide Bay Llew O’Brien has welcomed the re-launch of the Australian Government’s My Skills website, which will now focus on delivering online training, increasing education options for people in regional areas.

“The repurposed My Skills website will now focus on online training for people looking to increase their qualifications, or who have the opportunity to learn new skills and change careers during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr O’Brien said.

“People seeking to upskill will now be able to search the increased online offerings of registered training organisations (RTOs) and vocational education and training (VET) options currently available so they are well-prepared for future employment opportunities.”

Mr O’Brien said this would provide an excellent opportunity for people of all ages in Wide Bay to study a whole range of course offerings from a range of training institutions from around the country, including potentially courses and subjects that may not have been available locally before.

“A VET qualification opens the door to so many job opportunities, and nationally recognised qualifications can be gained in a matter of months to help people engage their skills and interests and find new career paths,” Mr O’Brien said.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education, Training and Apprenticeships, The Hon Steve Irons MP said RTOs have been working with the Government to offer more online courses for Australians.

“The increased delivery of online learning would improve flexibility, whilst providing another avenue for Australians to update their skills, or to re-train,” said Assistant Minister Irons.

My Skills is the national directory of VET organisations and courses — an Australian Government initiative that helps consumers search and compare VET courses and training providers.

The launch of the improved and repurposed My Skills website complements the Morrison Government’s existing programmes to support Australian workers with the Skills Match Tool prominently featured on the website.

The Skills Match Tool provides intuitive career guidance for Australians looking to choose or change careers based on the user’s previous work experience and qualifications. This includes providing information on a career’s likely income, whether the industry is in growth and what future pathways are available.

For more information visit: www.myskills.gov.au

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