Work­ers jump at im­prov­ing skills

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num­ber of work­ers who have started a train­ing pro­gram is at an all­time high, new fig­ures show.

Sta­tis­tics from the Na­tional Cen­tre for Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion Re­search show a record num­ber of 57,200 peo­ple started a trainee­ship in the De­cem­ber quar­ter last year. Its re­search re­veals this was an in­crease of 12.8 per cent from the same time the pre­vi­ous year.

Traineeships in trade ca­reers in­creased by 11.1 per cent while non-trade train­ing grew by 14.2 per cent. Skills, Jobs and Work­place Min­is­ter Chris Evans says the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment’s pri­or­ity is to pro­vide work­ers with the skills they need to ben­e­fit from op­por­tu­ni­ties that a strength­en­ing econ­omy cre­ates.

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