NSW gives trades training a boost

NSW gives trades training a boost

  • Published on Thursday, September 24, 2015

NSW Minister for Skills John Barilaro recently announced the NSW Government’s $10 million initiative that will provide a platform for more students to access training and include greater support for school leavers.

The NSW Government will cap the cost of traineeships at $1000 as part of a reform package for vocational education and training. The adjustment is in response to ongoing consultation with training providers, industry and students.

More than 85 percent of current traineeship qualifications on the NSW Skills List will be cheaper for students from 2016, with an average saving of $1128 under this initiative.

To encourage students into considering a career in the trades, the Minister has also pledged to place 2000 school-leavers into free pre-apprenticeships courses leading to apprenticeships and traineeships.

“A pre-apprenticeship is an essential way for school leavers to be introduced to a career as a trades person. The pre-apprenticeship gives the student an opportunity to consider and be assessed to achieve the right individual and trade match, increasing the number of trade qualifications achieved,” says MEGT RMS General Manager, Colin McCabe.

“With the end of the school year drawing close, I would encourage students considering a career in the trades to take advantage of these initiatives. Access to high-quality affordable training will also lead to employers having a skilled workforce.”