National Careers Week 2020 runs from 18 – 24 May and is a great opportunity for Australians to consider the benefits of vocational education and training (VET) to launch or future proof their careers and help them come through uncertain times in a strong position.

Member for Monash, Russell Broadbent said that the National Careers Week highlights how important it is to continually develop your career, because you never know what’s around the corner and the more skills you have, the better equipped you will be.

“Skilled workers are essential to ensuring Australia’s economic recovery as COVID-19 restrictions around the country begin to ease. The objective of National Careers Week highlights the need for ongoing reskilling and upskilling to support careers throughout life and identifying the changing nature of work and its impact on all Australians. Given the impact of Coronavirus, this is more important than ever,” Mr Broadbent said.

“We are seeing firsthand how skilled Australians are keeping our economy open and expediting our recovery from the pandemic. Healthcare workers, aged care and disability care workers are already so important and are doing so much for the Monash electorate during this pandemic so now many more occupations are just as vital.

As a result of Coronavirus, a lot of training has moved online, giving people flexibility and opening up more opportunities than ever before, particularly for people living in Monash,” Mr Broadbent said.

The recently updated MySkills website enables prospective students to search over 2,000 online courses on offer from registered training organisations (RTOs) with VET qualifications providing a pathway into many rewarding careers.

“As part of the Commonwealth Government’s economic response to COVID-19, we are supporting apprentices, trainees and small businesses and are offering eligible employers a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentices or trainee’s wage for up to 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020 so they can continue to support their apprentices and trainees and keep the benefits of training already undertaken within their business,” Mr Broadbent said.

There are many online events, targeted education and employment opportunities as well as national webinars that can be found at www.careersweek.com.au/events-page. Websites that can help plan career and study options include www.joboutlook.gov.au, www.myskills.gov.au and www.dese.gov.au/covid-19/jobs-hub.