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NSW BUDGET: 100,000 FREE APPRENTICESHIPS

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Deputy Premier and
Minister for Skills John Barilaro announced the new $285 million skills and training
package at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College in Burwood.

Ms Berejiklian said the free apprenticeships will be on offer in any course at TAFE and
non-TAFE providers approved to deliver apprenticeship programs, removing the
financial pressure apprentices face.

“We have already created positions for apprentices by ensuring 20 per cent of trade
roles on all future NSW Government projects will be filled by apprentices and now we
are covering the cost of training,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The decisions we are taking now help us to capitalise on our record infrastructure
program by creating the electricians, plumbers and mechanics NSW needs.”
Mr Barilaro said while NSW is home to around 60,000 apprentices, the State needs
more to continue to deliver the roads, rail, schools and hospitals the NSW Government
is investing in, and to meet the demand created by a booming economy.

“As an ex-tradie turned Skills Minister, it is extremely rewarding to be delivering this
free training opportunity, particularly for our youngest workers,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This sort of free training offer has never been made before, so I encourage people
thinking about skilling up, or starting a new career to make the most of it.”

Mr Perrottet said that being in a position to offer fee-free apprenticeships is a result of
the hard work the NSW Government has done to get its budget in shape and boost
the NSW economy.

“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 necessary to meet future demand,” Mr
Perrottet said.

“There are an abundance of opportunities available for the next generation, and we
want to make it as attractive as possible for them to take up a trade.”

The 100,000 free apprenticeships will be on offer over the next four years and include
all 121 courses currently funded under the Smart and Skilled program.
For more information including details about how to enroll from July 1, go to the Smart
and Skilled website at: https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/

The Daily Telegraph can reveal one of the biggest Budget commitments will be the free training program to offer 100,000 people skills study at any TAFE and non-TAFE provider delivering apprenticeship studies.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Treasurer Dominic Perrottet and Deputy Premier and
Minister for Skills John Barilaro announced the new $285 million skills and training
package at Southern Cross Catholic Vocational College in Burwood.

Ms Berejiklian said the free apprenticeships will be on offer in any course at TAFE and
non-TAFE providers approved to deliver apprenticeship programs, removing the
financial pressure apprentices face.

“We have already created positions for apprentices by ensuring 20 per cent of trade
roles on all future NSW Government projects will be filled by apprentices and now we
are covering the cost of training,” Ms Berejiklian said.

“The decisions we are taking now help us to capitalise on our record infrastructure
program by creating the electricians, plumbers and mechanics NSW needs.”

Mr Barilaro said while NSW is home to around 60,000 apprentices, the State needs
more to continue to deliver the roads, rail, schools and hospitals the NSW Government
is investing in, and to meet the demand created by a booming economy.

“As an ex-tradie turned Skills Minister, it is extremely rewarding to be delivering this
free training opportunity, particularly for our youngest workers,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This sort of free training offer has never been made before, so I encourage people
thinking about skilling up, or starting a new career to make the most of it.”
Mr Perrottet said that being in a position to offer fee-free apprenticeships is a result of
the hard work the NSW Government has done to get its budget in shape and boost
the NSW economy.

“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 necessary to meet future demand,” Mr
Perrottet said.

“There are an abundance of opportunities available for the next generation, and we
want to make it as attractive as possible for them to take up a trade.”

The 100,000 free apprenticeships will be on offer over the next four years and include
all 121 courses currently funded under the Smart and Skilled program.

For more information including details about how to enroll from July 1, go to the Smart
and Skilled website at: https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/