Business owner, former apprentice and television presenter Scott Cam has been named the National Careers Ambassador.
As National Careers Ambassador, Scott will help promote the importance of career information, both when starting out and at key transition points throughout a career.
Scott will also help the National Careers Institute promote the variety of career pathways available, including vocational education and training (VET), something he’s well placed to do as a VET graduate.
Scott will champion VET as a valuable and rewarding choice for both new starters and experienced workers, something that he knows personally.
“When I was deciding on a career, I chose an Australian apprenticeship program, which turned out to be pivotal in my life,” Scott said.
Having started his career 30 years ago as an apprentice and carpenter, then as a business owner who employs apprentices, Scott knows the value of targeted career advice and skilling throughout a career.
“In the three decades since I graduated from being an apprentice, the world of work has changed and opened up a world of opportunities for people. We need to make sure people and businesses have access to the right skills at the right time.”
Scott was appointed by the National Careers Institute, a new national organisation tasked with helping Australians make career decisions by strengthening and simplifying the careers information available to them.
The National Careers Institute is part of the Government’s $525 million skills package Delivering Skills for Today and Tomorrow to improve the VET system.
The Institute will work with industry, governments, employers, schools and tertiary providers to better connect information about learning, training and work pathways. It will provide a fresh approach and a new way of thinking about the status of apprenticeships and careers founded in vocational education, a view that promotes VET as a career pathway equal to university.