MySkills update helps inform VET consumers

Vocational education and training (VET) students and potential students, their parents, teachers, careers advisers and employers will benefit from new updates to the MySkills website (http://www.myskills.gov.au), the national directory of VET organisations and courses.
Assistant Minister for Education and Training Senator Simon Birmingham and Federal Member for Lindsay Fiona Scott MP officially launched the next round of MySkills enhancements recently with apprentices and trainees working on the Nepean Private Hospital building works.
Senator Birmingham said latest round of enhancements to MySkills would help students, their parents and teachers, as well as businesses, to make informed decisions about the training they need, and how, where and by whom it is delivered.
“With more than 4,500 training providers delivering more than 65,000 courses across Australia, MySkills provides a one-stop-shop for students on the valuable careers pathways that VET training opens up,” Senator Birmingham said.
“With new features that allow students to search and compare VET courses and training providers, and more information including student satisfaction and employment outcomes by course, MySkills now makes it easier for students and employers to find the right course, for the right price, in the right location.
Ms Scott said MySkills would boost the information available for students in Western Sydney who wanted to know more about the skills being demanded by New South Wales employers, and potential wages for different qualifications.
“Western Sydney is becoming a central educational hub not only in New South Wales, but across Australia,” Ms Scott said.
“The apprentices and trainees working at the Nepean Hospital site demonstrate the vast array of careers options available through skills training, and how VET delivers skills for jobs now and for the jobs of the future.”
The updates to MySkills make the site easier to use, and include:
· courses linked to skills in demand in each state and territory
· overall student satisfaction and employment outcomes for the 230 most popular courses
· a VET FEE-HELP loan calculator to assist eligible consumers understand their potential future debt
· identification of sanctioned training providers
· a modernised, tablet-optimised homepage design.
MySkills has received more than a million visits in the past year, treble the previous year’s visits. Further updates to the site will be made later in the year, including feedback from students and employers on specific courses and providers.

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