Friday, February 24, 2017

The Department of Education and Training's Australian Apprenticeships Ambassadors Program, which recruits prominent Australians to promote apprenticeships and traineeships, has been recognised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews said the program was a key part of the Government's efforts to inspire young Australians to take up an apprenticeship and to raise the status of Vocational Education and Training (VET).

The program recruits former and current Australian Apprentices ambassadors from a range of background who have found career success from their studies and who want to share their career success story through a range of communication mediums from speaking at schools, to starring in the Department's Real Stories Real Achievements video series.

The Department's newest recruit, 2016 Australian Apprentice of the Year, 24-year-old Shane Dealy from Canberra, said he couldn't wait to start his role as a national ambassador.

"I look forward to visiting schools and giving impressionable young people a complete picture of the options available to them. I want to show just how fantastic the benefits of learning a trade can be."

High profile ambassadors include television host of The Block and carpenter Scott Cam, AFL legend and former plumber Kevin Sheedy, stylist to the stars Renya Xydis and many National Rugby League stars past and present.

We encourage you to consider opportunities to utilise these ambassadors to promote Australian Apprenticeships. To book an Australian Apprenticeship Ambassador please visit our webpage.

For more information about the program visit

View UNESCO's Promising Practice Database.

Read the Hon Karen Andrews MP, Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills media release.