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Growth industries call for thousands of extra skilled workers by 2020

29 Aug 2017

This year’s National Skills Week kicked off yesterday and is highlighting the increasing demand for skilled graduates moving into growing industries.

In an interview with, Brian Wexham, CEO of SkillsOne, the organisation behind National Skills Week, said that the tourism, hospitality, aged care, and child care industries would all see increased demand for skilled workers.

“An extra 19,000 waiters, 11,700 bar attendants and baristas, 43,000 aged and disability carers and 39,000 child carers were forecast to be needed between 2015 and 2020 by the Australian Government’s Department of Employment.” (

Increased demand for other trades is also predicted with thousands of extra electricians, carpenters, joiners, plumbers, and software and application programmers expected to be hired from 2015- 2020

Mr Wexham said new infrastructure and technology had also increased demand in traditional trades and for digital skills.

“Technology is impacting every area of business now so it’s also important to get more people into coding and programming,” he said.

Vocational education and training (VET) is creating pathways for people to launch their careers and take advantage of these key growth industries.

Kushal Solanki, a student at TAFE Queensland- Gold Coast, has recently finished a Certificate III in Information, Digital Media and Technology (ICT30115) and has just started a Diploma of Information Technology Networking (ICT50415).

Kushal, who is 100% sight impaired, said he chose TAFE because VET offered the one-on-one support to help him succeed in his studies.

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