A year in review: 2019 in the VET Sector
2019 has been a huge year in the Industry. With Department restructures, the launch of the National Careers Institutes and a steady decline in Apprenticeship commencements, many changes have come our way.
However, this Industry, filled with our dedicated and passionate colleagues, and the young people that benefit from an Australian Apprenticeship continue to stay outcome focused and shine through in this period of flux.
Here are some of our highlights from 2019:
January 2019: The year kicked off with the news that Busy at Work had secured 60 Apprenticeships for Job Seekers from far north QLD in their #Cairns50 campaign, a rise in apprenticeship sign-ups in Central Regional TAFE to work for Northern Star Resource – which included a rise in the number of women signing up, and a program in Townsville getting at-risk teens back on track through the Transition 2 Success program.
February 2019: IFigures from the Queensland Curriculum Assessment Authority revealed that 3688 Coast graduates had some form of Vocational Education Training (VET) last year — the second highest number in the State; over in NSW 21 of 28 Apprentices commencing with Ausgrid were female (a first for the program) and a pledge was made by the NSW state Government that more than 600,000 TAFE places would be free over the next 10 years in courses where there is a skills shortage.
March 2019: Not only did we reach 10,000 likes on Facebook (thanks to all our followers), March also saw the Federal Government's apprentice trial receiving strong uptake in Peel region, Free TAFE kicking off at the Kangan Institute Broadmeadows and we celebrated International Women’s Day by looking at the statistics around Women in Trades.
April 2019: We launched our highly anticipated online Literacy and Numeracy Quizzes – showing some of the key learning standards required to start an Australian Apprenticeship in a specific industry. The Herald Sun published an article highlighting 10 tradies that earn more than the median Aussie salary – stating something all of us in the Industry are well aware of, ‘ University is not the only path to a well-paying career.’ World Skill Australia also announced the ‘2019 Skillaroos’ and the results from the Global Skills Challenge.
May 2019: We celebrated National Careers Week. With thanks to MySkills, Apprentices were celebrated as the Australian Training Awards opened up it’s nominations, and the Coalition was voted in for another term as the Federal Government in a shock Election result.
June 2019: As we crept our way to the half-way point of the year, The Mirage News reported an increase in Apprentices in Tasmania as a result of the record funding for education and skills in the State, TAFE WA took a step towards the future with the first qualification in automation launched to meet mining skills demand and Microsoft launched its traineeship to boost information technology careers in South Australia.
July 2019: As the weather cooled, the Industry continued to heat up with more than 2600 apprentices and trainees positions announced to grow skilled workforced in South Australia, TAFE Queensland gave back to young people, with a new program that saw young people in contact with the youth justice system get vocational training support and the Federal Government's changes to the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program came into effect.
August 2019: Every year in August, we celebrate International Youth Day and this years’ theme focusing on Transforming Education. Speaking of Transforming Education, we took to our blog andin a piece about choosing the best path for employment outcomes argued that VET graduates are more likely to be employed in a piece about choosing the right path for employment outcomes. The Federal Government also released it’s 2019-2020 Budget, which included a $525 million to upgrade and modernise the VET sector.
September 2019: September continued to ‘fly high’ with JetStar opening its 2020 Apprenticeship Program, a University ‘dropout’ shared how he picked up a trade which led to a multimillion-dollar empire and Employer Partner Program was launched as part of the Federal Governments $525 million Skills Package.
October 2019: In October, we relaunched our Instagram account. The Victorian Government announced its plan to 'Build Gender Equality In Victoria's Construction Sector', Busy at Work again launched their #Cairns50 campaign aiming to produce 50 job seekers with a skill in 2020 and a free TAFE short course was launched in Queensland for late-stage apprentices.
November 2019: Even as the year began to wind down, the Industry kept going. We proudly sponsored the ACT National Training Awards team, and were excited to chat to the recipient of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Student of the Year. The 2020 AASN providers were announced and we provided an insight as to what this may mean for you. We celebrated International Men’s Day with the theme, Making a Difference for Men and Boys.
December 2019: December kicked off with a bang at AATIS with our soft launch of the new branding of the MyGain channel (officially relaunching in Feb 2020). A new state-of-the-art training centre was opened in Beenleigh QLD and is equipped to train 700 apprentices. The Federal Government announced the merger of the Department of Education and Department of Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business and the National Centre for Vocational Educational Research(NCVER) released new data showing the positive outcomes of those undertaking apprenticeships and traineeships, which also highlighted a worrying decline in commencements.
The team at AATIS thanks everyone for their support, calls and input in 2019. We are excited to continue to work with you all in 2020 and wish you a safe and happy holiday season.