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The NSW Government is marking the start of National Skills Week with a campaign to bust the myths around Vocational Education & Training (VET) for young people.

Member for Goulburn Pru Goward said the Government’s “Doors of Opportunity” campaign would help to shift perceptions about VET.

“NSW has Australia’s best performing VET sector - our students, apprentices and trainees are earning while they learn and getting trained for the jobs of the future.

“The campaign is about helping students, parents, teachers and employers across the state better understand VET as a credible alternative to university.

“VET opens doors to fantastic career and lifestyle opportunities for people of all ages. It gives people access to skills that employers want – now and in the future.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said VET can open opportunities in diverse careers from healthcare and cybersecurity to agriculture, tourism or a traditional trade.

“Most people don’t realise VET qualifications are now more likely to give them the skills they need to secure the jobs of the future.

“VET graduates get into work sooner, get paid more and can train for occupations predicted to have the greatest new job growth over the next five years, like information technology, health and aged care and hospitality.

“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.

“We have done the work over the past three years to overhaul our VET system with
Smart and Skilled which has brought a new era of stability, efficiency and quality.

“Our hard work is paying off with strong growth of nearly 40 per cent in the number of
people taking on VET in NSW last year,” he said.

National Skills Week takes place from 28 August - 1 September
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