TV’s Scott Cam to Lead Skills Shortage Reform

The Federal Government has enlisted the help of TV host and qualified carpenter Scott Cam to promote a career on the tools to Australians.

As part of the governments initiative to promote the Vocational Education and Learning (VET) sector, which has suffered declining rates of enrollment over the past decade, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has turned to the Golden Logie winner to be the face of the initiative.

Mr Morrison has announced that Scott will be Australia’s first national careers ambassador, a role that will see him highlight how fulfilling and financially rewarding a career in the trade can be.

The number of young Australians stepping into apprenticeships has dropped dramatically in the past ten years, with higher learning becoming the default pathway for a majority of high-school leavers. This has led to a growing national skills shortage in many traditional blue-collar occupations that now threatens the future of the Australian economy.

In a bid to combat this skills shortage, the Australian Government is making it easier for Australians to learn a trade, investing $585 million into a skills package to boost the VET sector and put 80,000 Australians through apprenticeships.

Speaking on the issue of Australians putting down the tools for higher learning, Mr Morrison said the common belief that a university degree will lead to a higher paying job needs to be left behind.

“For many years going to university has been the default expectation imposed on our young Australians, but it’s not the only path to rewarding and successful employment,” said Mr Morrison.

“I want to see more Australians become plumbers, electricians and bakers than lawyers and consultants. I would like to see more of them going on to become their own boss.”

Mr Morrison believes that having Mr Cam as the ambassador for careers in trades will inspire a new generation of apprentices.

“Scott Cam is proof that undertaking a trade can be a very valuable, rewarding and successful career choice, and there are plenty more who can tell a similar story.

“By learning a trade you’ll earn more, your skills will be in demand and you’ll help build our country and keep our economy strong.”

Employment and Skills Minister Michaelia Cash was pleased with the appointment of Mr Cam as a National Careers Ambassador, saying it was a step in the right direction to bringing young Australians back to the trade.

“As National Careers Ambassador, Scott will help Australians at all ages and stages to make informed decisions about learning, training and work pathways,” said Ms Cash.

“Working with the National Careers Institute, Scott will make sure individuals and businesses can take advantage of the pathways on offer.”

MTA Queensland is keen to work with Scott to encourage young people to think about heading into the automotive industry, which offers new and exciting opportunities linked to developments in technology.

11 Oct 2019

Original source: The New Daily | The Block’s Scott Cam has started working for the Prime Minister