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
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
- 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
- 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.