Opening “Doors to Opportunity” in Regional NSW
Last week in Cowra I launched the NSW Governments “Doors to Opportunity” campaign to put the spotlight back on career pathways through Vocational Education and Training (VET).
For too long as parents and teachers and careers advisors we've put too much emphasis on University as the preferred pathway for a career.
We owe it to our kids to show them there are other pathways like VET that lead to great career opportunities and make sure we are able to build massive infrastructure works planned throughout the state.
OPENING DOORS: John Barilaro at the opening of the "Doors to Opportunity" campaign
Research shows us that workers who train with VET earn while they learn, get paid more and get jobs sooner.
In fact, a recent Skilling Australia Report showed VET is actually a more certain pathway to employment than university and offers better prospects for higher pay.
Some 78 per cent of VET graduates are employed after training versus 69 per cent for university graduates and, on average, VET graduates also earn $2,000 more.
The “Doors to Opportunity” campaign also coincides with new research showing a rise in the number of workers commencing apprenticeships and traineeships in NSW compared to March 2016.
I am proud of the work the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has done to turbocharge investment in regional NSW but we need to make sure we give our kids a nudge towards the huge opportunities in building and construction, hospitality, plumbing, nursing and aged care that currently sit before them.
BOYS AND THEIR TOYS: John gets busy on the excavator at the launch of "Doors to Opportunity"
For more information on the “Doors to Opportunity” campaign, visit: https://vet.nsw.gov.au/