03 Feb 2016
Minister for Employment and Training
The Northern Territory Government has launched a new campaign to tackle the Territory’s skills shortage.
Minister for Employment and Training Peter Styles said the renewed push is aimed at enticing a greater number of Territory students, workers and employers to participate in vocational education and training (VET) programs.
Mr Styles said the new VET campaign is one of a number of jobs and skills initiatives planned by the Country Liberals Government.
“VET is a practical tertiary education option available to everyone across a large number of careers and industries ranging from the traditional trades, to business or the creative arts,” Mr Styles said.
“It provides the skills, knowledge and qualifications essential for growing Territory business and industry and provides a worthwhile pathway into diversified careers.
“The Northern Territory Government is committed to training Territorians to take up local jobs first, above seeking workers from interstate or overseas.
“VET plays a major role in ensuring Territorians have the expertise to fill the roles in demand here in the NT.
“This print, television and online campaign will showcase the value of VET to individuals, organisations, industries and the Northern Territory community as a whole.
“The campaign is focused not only on school leavers looking to undertake VET programs, but also those already in the workforce hoping to upskill and employers considering undertaking VET programs within their workplaces.”
A new VET website www.vet.nt.gov.au was launched late last year to provide comprehensive information for all stakeholders as a modern, up-to-date, easy-to-navigate tool for students, workers and employers.
Mr Styles said the Northern Territory Government is proactive in up skilling the Territory with the upcoming inaugural Open Territory program of events to host an array up government-run skills sessions from early March through to May, to compliment the long-running successful October Business Month.
These sessions include: Upskills: Pricing and Quoting for Profit, Upskills: Marketing Strategies, Upskills: Attract and Retain Staff, Upskills: Financial Health Check, Upskills: Fair Work Legislation and Upskills: Workforce planning and development.
“The Country Liberals Government is committed to strengthening the Territory’s skills base and ensuring a prosperous economy for generations to come,” he said.
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