World Youth Skills Day takes place on July 15th, 2023. This year’s theme is ‘Skilling teachers, trainers and youth for a transformative future’ highlighting the essential role that teachers, trainers and other educators play in providing skills for youth to transition to the labour market and actively engage in their communities and societies.
The world is changing quickly and the careers of tomorrow will continue evolve, so it is essential that young people are prepared with adaptable skills and a mindset for lifelong learning.
The United Nations (UN) highlights the important role that technical and vocational education and training (VET) plays to meet these demands by “reducing access barriers to the world of work, ensuring that skills gained are relevant, recognized and certified, promoting green skills and practices, and offering skills development opportunities for youth who are not in education, employment and training.”
How can we best empower our youth as an industry?
Practical and Relevant Training
Skills training goes beyond theoretical knowledge, emphasising practical and industry-relevant skills. Our professional trainers bring real-world experience to the table, allowing them to bridge the gap between academic learning and practical application. Through interactive and hands-on training sessions, they provide invaluable insights into the intricacies of different industries, helping young learners gain a comprehensive understanding of their chosen field. VET has the flexibility to create programs to suit the industry and local market, with agility, which places it in the perfect position to support this need.
Addressing Skills Shortages
Australia, like many other nations, faces skills shortages in various industries. VET is instrumental in addressing these gaps by delivering specialised training programs that align with the demands of the job market. By nurturing a skilled workforce, we contribute to the economic growth and productivity of the nation.
We not only focus on technical skills but also prioritise holistic development, recognising the importance of personal and professional growth. Soft skills such as communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and adaptability are essential in today’s world of work, and are increasingly valued by employers, as they contribute to an individual’s ability to thrive in diverse work environments and navigate complex challenges. This is central to our suite of leadership and management courses – these are not just for experienced leaders, but support the development of these skills for young people as they move into their careers.
Supporting Lifelong Learning
It is essential for learners to continually upskill and adapt to continually changing industry landscapes. By instilling a growth mindset, we can empower young and old alike to embrace new technologies, acquire emerging skills, and remain competitive in the ever-evolving job market. In an era of rapid technological advancements, this mindset is crucial for future success. Aveling sees this as central to our ethos.
Collaboration and Networking Opportunities
By bringing together individuals from diverse backgrounds and experience across a variety of industries, we create spaces for knowledge sharing, idea generation, and building valuable professional connections. These networks can prove to be invaluable in accessing job opportunities, mentorship, and industry insights. We often hear conversations in the classroom and stories of new connections forged and opportunities emerged amongst learners in our classrooms.
Ensuring our trainers are upskilling themselves
Reflecting this year’s World Youth Skills Day, Aveling’s trainers are continually learning too, keeping their industry knowledge up to date, and undertaking their own professional development to make sure they are across the latest trends, technology and best practice. This ensures our learners and clients can be confident they are receiving the latest knowledge and skills to take forth into their own careers and organisations.
Aveling is committed to supporting our learners throughout their careers as they and the wider world continue to change. We are ever evolving and improving our product offering to ensure we continue to meet the changing needs of our clients and incorporate the latest academic theory, industry trends, legislative requirements and technologies into our courses.
On World Youth Skills Day, and with various government reviews into the higher education and VET sector, it is imperative to recognise the immense value of professional trainers and VET in Australia. By empowering our youth with practical and relevant skills, we contribute to their personal growth, address skills shortages, and support the nation’s economic development. Moreover, we foster a lifelong love for learning and provide opportunities for collaboration and networking. Let us celebrate World Youth Skills day as we help to unlock the potential of Australia’s youth and shape a brighter future for all.
We are proud to support a number of organisations in their work improving regional youth development and literacy, providing courses and funding to those in need. If you would like to work with us in this area, please contact us to chat on +61 8 9379 9999 or at email@example.com.