New South Wales Deputy Premier John Barilaro
New South Wales Leads Nation In Apprenticeship Results
Victor P Taffa
Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro welcomed research released today by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) showing New South Wales experienced a 4.3 % increase in the number of apprenticeship and traineeship commencements, against a national downturn.
New South Wales saw commencement figures in the March quarter grow 6.8 % compared to the same time last year. Apprentices and trainees ‘in training’ in New South Wales increased by 2.6 %, compared to a national decline of 3.7 % over the same period.
Deputy Premier Barilaro said he was not surprised to see the New South Wales Government’s $2.2 Billion commitment to skills development initiatives translate into higher commencement figures.
“New South Wales is in the midst of a skills boom more than ever we need skilled workers for our record $85 Billion infrastructure spend. That’s why we’ve made all apprenticeships fee-free over the next 4 years.” Deputy Premier Barilaro said.
“This year has seen the most apprentices beginning their trade for over 10 years these are our future carpenters, plumbers and electricians, all crucial parts of the state’s workforce.”
NCVER data showed New South Wales remains the largest state in terms of government-funded vocational education and training delivery with 234,300 students in training in the first quarter of 2018, which is 38.5 % of all students in Australia.
New South Wales also has the highest participation rate of young people (24 years and under) studying in government-funded training, with 44.3 % of national enrolments a figure that increased by 4 %.
“Since coming to office, improving the vocational education and training sector has been a priority for the New South Wales Government and for me personally. We’ve made a lot of improvements, all with the intention of delivering the best possible vocational training that places students and their careers at its centre.” Deputy Premier Barilaro said.
“Today’s apprentice is tomorrow’s tradie, and a future small business owner employing others. It’s great to see students and parents recognising vocational education and training as the pathway to a well-paying, quality job.”
“After 20 years of working in a trade that I love, owning my own business and building a great life for my family, I can honestly say following my gut and doing a trade was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”
“To every student in New South Wales wondering what to do when they leave school I want to say to them; be brave, follow your gut and remember doing a trade is a pathway to a great life.” Deputy Premier Barilaro said.