Showcasing the many ways to succeed with vocational education and training

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Leaders in vocational education and training (VET) now have an online portal to share their stories.

The Australian VET Alumni portal, available through, is providing a platform to highlight the inspirational professional journeys of the best and brightest in VET.

The Australian VET Alumni is a national community of graduates, registered training organisations, practitioners and businesses dedicated to sharing their VET journey with Australians to encourage greater participation and best practice in VET.

Being part of the Alumni facilitates the building of meaningful connections, sharing of ideas and forming professional networks.

The new portal is giving Alumni a platform to tell their VET story and inspire others to achieve their goals through VET. 

Some of the stories you can read about include – 

Caitlan's story

After completing a Bachelor of Commerce, Caitlan decided to pursue her interest in working in the health sector and gained a Diploma of Anaesthetic Technician. She was the 2018 Vocational Student of the Year in the Australian Training Awards and now works at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth.

“[My VET training] was life changing, it’s really put me towards a career I hadn’t considered and now I couldn’t see myself doing anything different.

“Choosing this course has changed the trajectory of my life.

“I want people to understand the opportunities that arise from a VET qualification, the career you can achieve and the doors it opens.”

Alexander's story

Alexander is a landscaper in Queanbeyan, New South Wales. He has a Certificate III in Landscape Construction and was the 2017 Medallion of Excellence Winner – Landscape Gardening.

“I had planned to go to university but my heart just wasn’t in it. I had no desire and the further I got along in college, the more I knew it wasn’t for me.

“(With VET) you can pick any trade you want, you’ll be paid while you learn and if you don’t like it you can change to something else… What you will have is real-life experience and mastery of the skill of your choice.

“I want to learn something new every day and try to better myself every day in order to be the best I can be.”

The portal also equips Alumni with information and resources to help them undertake their role as leaders in the VET system.

Members of the public can search for Alumni in particular areas, within an industry or by qualification and request bookings for Alumni to attend events, such as careers fairs, industry forums and school presentations.

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