• JON WOLFE

Upskill, train and study online

Member for New England, Barnaby Joyce, is encouraging residents to take advantage of the new and improved My Skills website which will focus on online training for Australians looking to upskill during the COVID-19 pandemic.

My Skills is the national directory of VET organisations and courses — an Australian Government initiative that helps consumers search and compare VET courses and training providers.

Australians will now be able to search the increased online offerings of registered training organisations (RTOs) and vocational education and training (VET) options currently available to continue to train for the future.

For those in the New England, Mr Joyce said this will provide an excellent opportunity to study a wide variety of course offerings from a range of training institutions around the country and potentially even something that may not have been available to them before.

“The online space opens the door to VET courses and nationally recognised qualifications not only in our own backyard but right around Australia,” Mr Joyce said.

“Whether you’re upskilling or looking to retrain and change careers altogether, VET courses are a great option and highly sought after in rural and regional areas like our own.

“Remaining adaptable and flexible with our employment options during these challenging times is vital to our long-term success.”

The launch of the improved and repurposed My Skills website complements the Coalition Government’s existing Skills Match Tool which provides intuitive career guidance to choose or change careers based on the user’s previous work experience and qualifications. This includes providing information on a career’s likely income, whether the industry is in growth and what future pathways are available.

For more information visit: www.myskills.gov.au