National Careers Institute

We live in a time where there are so many career opportunities and even more qualifications to help guide you in new and exciting directions. Roles that include working with fun technologies, like drones and virtual reality to jobs that are more hands-on like health services, creative arts or working with animals.

Our world and the skills in demand are evolving making it more important to stay informed and open to new learning. This is why the National Careers Institute (the Institute) was established in July 2019 by the now named Department of Education, Skills and Employment.

The Institute was introduced to collaborate with Governments, Industry, Employers and Training Providers as a one stop source for vocational career information. It will also look to draw on information from two existing policies in place, ‘The Senior Secondary Pathways Review’ and ‘The National Regional, Rural and Remote Tertiary Education Strategy’.

Following on from the ‘Strengthening Skills: Expert Review of Australia’s VET System’ by Steven Joyce, multiple co-design workshops were hosted in late 2019 to inform the priorities, goals and role of the National Skills Commission, the Skills Organisation Pilots and the National Careers Institute. All three initiatives are part of the Federal Government’s commitment to delivering skills that keep us nationally and internationally competitive.

Following on from the workshops, the Institute welcomed Scott Cam as Australia’s first National Careers Ambassador to help guide this initiative.

The Institute is currently consulting with stakeholders and working on co-designing a digital platform to help market and promote vocational career information. If you have ideas on what the platform should include, click here to provide your feedback.

Additionally, applications are now open for the ‘Partnership Grants Program’. The program will look to provide funding to organisations who work together to improve career outcomes and training pathways. The grants will range from $20,000 to $70,000 and could be funded for up to two years.

Organisations that can apply for the grant, include:

  • Industry bodies
  • Schools
  • Tertiary providers
  • Governments 

Round one applications close 30 June 2020.  Click here for more information or to apply.

Once the National Careers Institute is fully operational it is expected to be a strong resource to improve and promote innovative career development advice and a platform for everyone navigating new careers and news skills.

Click here for further information about the National Careers Institute.