Small businesses that struggle to find good staff may welcome the government’s promise to support Australia’s vocational education and training sector.

Michaelia Cash, the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, used a speech to highlight the government’s support of vocational education and training.

Senator Cash told the National Vocational Education & Training Research Conference that there is an integral relationship between skills and jobs.

“During the election campaign I visited many small businesses and training providers and there was a consistent message,” she said.

“Whether it was employing someone with the right skills, or training students with job-ready skills – jobs, jobs, jobs is the message. 

“The skills that are needed in today’s workforce are constantly evolving with employers increasingly wanting workers who are job-ready, with practical skills and an employment history. And this, ladies and gentlemen, is what a vocational education provides.”

Senator Cash said the government’s role is to ensure Australia’s training system delivers the skills for the jobs of today and tomorrow.

She also said that vocational education and training is a key element of the government’s plan for a stronger economy.

“Why? Because VET helps to increase the number of Australians in employment by assisting job seekers into work with the skills that they, and their employers, need,” she said.

“Our vocational education system needs an upgrade to ensure it remains world-class, modern and flexible. 

“That’s what business has told us – employers are not getting enough people walking through their doors with the right skills. That means there are potentially young people out there, vibrant people with talent and energy, who might not be getting the training in the areas that could lead to great, fulfilling jobs.”

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