Victoria University in association with WPC Group hosted the launch of National Skills week at Kino Theatre in Melbourne's CBD.
National Skills Week is a national initiative which puts the spotlight on vocational training as a pathway to a successful career. The goal of Skills Week is to showcase examples of the many pathways to success, advocating "learning by doing is as important as academic learning".
In the foyer, guests were treated to a screening of "Our story: The 2011 Team Australia Skillaroos". The film follows the journey of 30 young skilled workforce champions as they prepared to compete at the 41st WorldSkills International Competition in London. The Skillaroos represented 27 different skill categories including restaurant service, fashion technology, car painting and landscape gardening. VU Students with partner Academy Sofitel ensured guests were kept hydrated and enjoyed delicious canapés cooked by the apprentice chefs.
"Victoria University is proud to be a partner in events showcasing Vocational Education and Training." MC for the evening Andrew Williamson, Associate Dean, International and Commercial Development at Victoria University told the gathering. "We have a dynamic approach to skills development and a commitment to delivering relevant, work-based learning initiatives that will position our students to meet workplace needs now and in the future."
National Skills Week CEO Brian Wexham introduced diversity, skills needs and success as the three themes of the week. Attendees were encouraged to celebrate success and think beyond the traditional trades when looking at vocational training. "Industries change, people need to see the changes taking place. We need to share real stories to inspire others to participate in vocational training."
Hon Peter Hall MLC, Minister for Higher Education and Skills, and the Minister responsible for the Teaching Profession was a special guest at the event. "We need to encourage more young people to participate in vocational education" he said "it should not be forgotten that we can all train and retrain". The minister did a wonderful job interviewing three students on the night. One of which was still on a high winning the Australian Apprentice of the Year Award on Friday night. Sevag Paresghian said he is now further in his career than he'd ever imagined due to his training.
The formalities were followed by a screening of "Le Chef" a French culinary comedy about having a passion for your trade and the places hard work can take you.
National Skills week is an opportunity to promote careers and participation in vocational training. Victoria University brings together the best facilities and industry experts to provide lifelong learning opportunities. We offer study pathways for a trade career in Construction, Engineering, Hospitality and Personal services.
Further information on study opportunities can be found here or by calling 03 9919 6100.