Sup­port­ing NSW ap­pren­tices

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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.’’

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