Supporting NSW apprentices
Businesses looking to put on an apprentice in NSW will receive an unprecedented level of support from the state budget.
The NSW Government is set to offer 100 000 free apprenticeships to make sure there is a strong pipeline of skilled workers across the state.
NSW Member for Murray Austin Evans said the $285 million skills and training package meant that, as of next month, free apprenticeships would be offered to newly-enrolled apprentices in any course.
‘‘This announcement is all about building up the workforce that will help us capitalise on our record infrastructure program, and in turn deliver a generation of skilled workers,’’ Mr Evans said.
‘‘As a government, we have already created the positions for apprentices, by ensuring 20 per cent of trade roles on all future government projects will be filled by apprentices, and now we are covering the cost of their training,’’ he said.
Deputy Premier and Skills Minister John Barilaro said NSW needed more apprentices to make sure the state had a strong pipeline of skilled workers for the NSW job market.
‘‘We know that without skilled workers, our economy will stall,’’ he said.
‘‘The single biggest threat to our $80.1 billion infrastructure spending program is not having the workforce to deliver it.
‘‘You can have the money to spend, but if you don’t have the skilled workers to actually bring the projects to life, it all counts for nothing.’’