Skills and Training

Policy Statement

Vocational education and training (vet) plays a crucial role in ensuring that Australia has the skills required for a strong and competitive economy. It is also an effective tool for creating an inclusive and adaptable workforce by providing an alternative career pathway for young people, can be a channel for those disengaged from the labour market to re-enter the workforce, and provides opportunities for individuals to upskill and transition into new roles.

Policy Principles

The AMCA believes the following principles are vital for a modern training system that can prepare our workforce with the skills required for a strong and competitive economy:

  • Strong partnerships are required between industry and education institutions to ensure that training outcomes are responsive to the needs of employers.
  • Responsibility for skill development must be shared by all-stakeholders, including government, employers, employees, training providers and industry associations.
  • TAFE institutions remain the long-standing cornerstone of the vocational and education training system, especially for the building and construction industry.
  • Where possible, training should be aligned to a unit of competency under the Australian Qualification Framework and the VET Quality Framework.
  • The VET sector requires stable funding to ensure that training providers can be innovative and responsive to the changing needs of industry and the broader community.
  • Training and education is a life long exercise that must extend beyond the technical skills of a trade or profession to include customer relations, interpersonal skills and commercial acumen.
  • Innovation across technology, pedagogical techniques, training delivery methods and collaborative efforts is vital to the productivity and continued improvement in living standards of Australians.