TRADIES FLOCK TO FEE-FREE APPRENTICESHIPS
Written on the 31 August 2018 by Kevin Conolly
Apprentices undertaking their training in the north-west region of Sydney are already benefitting from the NSW Government's fee-free apprenticeship package, only two months after its launch.
Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly said fee-free apprenticeships will allow 100,000 apprentices throughout NSW to study and train for a fulfilling career while also addressing the State's skills shortages.
"Since the program was launched on 1 July, 123 apprentices have started training at TAFE at the nearby Nirimba campus," said Mr Conolly.
"The NSW economy is humming and, as a result, NSW has the best jobs market in the nation. We're seeing record numbers of jobs being created, and we want to make sure we are equipping a workforce with the skills industry will need in the future.
"Under the fee-free apprenticeship program new apprentices can study for free, attracting skilled workers into our booming jobs market and giving a generation of tradies a head start in their careers.
"Fee-free apprenticeships benefit both students and employers and I encourage anyone thinking about upskilling or starting a new career to consider their options under the program and with TAFE NSW," Mr Conolly said.
Minister for Skills John Barilaro said there are more than 120 different fee-free apprenticeship courses on the NSW Governments Smart and Skilled list in a range of industries.
Minister for TAFE Adam Marshall said fee-free apprenticeships will ensure students across NSW, particularly in the regions, can train for the job they want.
"Across the State we're seeing more local students taking up the opportunity to get free apprenticeship training with TAFE NSW so they can get a job and help build the infrastructure of tomorrow," Mr Marshall said.
"This scheme is a win-win for budding tradies, employers and TAFE NSW."
Author: Kevin Conolly
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