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  • Writer's pictureHon Sam Farraway MLC


An additional 70,000 people will receive fee-free training as part of a plan by the NSW Government to turbocharge the State’s skills-led recovery and help more people get the skills they need for the jobs they want.

NSW Upper House MP Sam Farraway said the 2022-23 NSW Budget would invest $82.7 million over four years to help unlock opportunities for jobs.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for young people searching for their first job and for locals looking to upskill into new and exciting roles”, Mr Farraway said.

"It will lower the financial obstacles for people who want to pursue vocational education and training, boosting the take-up of skills to help local economies thrive."

This new investment in fee-free training is on top of 100,000 fee-free apprenticeships and 70,000 fee-free traineeships already being delivered by the NSW Government.

Treasurer Matt Kean said the Budget would continue accelerating the skills boom and helping to deliver the lowest state-wide unemployment rate on record, at 3.5 per cent.

“This investment will deliver tens of thousands of new apprentices, trainees and full qualifications to help people get skilled for in demand jobs,” Mr Kean said.

“The NSW Government’s strong economic management means we can deliver fee-free training which is helping people boost their budget and ensure a brighter future for them and their family.”

According to the most recent NCVER report, the NSW Government's strong focus on skills is delivering, resulting in a 77 per cent rise in the number of people starting apprenticeships and traineeships in the 12 months to September 2021. During the same time period, the number of women starting apprenticeships and traineeships also increased by 91 per cent.

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the NSW Government is leading the nation in supporting people to get skilled for jobs to help grow the economy.

“This Budget cements the golden era for skills and training in NSW – there has never been a better time to get the skills you need to unlock a first job, a new job or a better job,” Mr Henskens said.

“As part of our skills-led recovery, we have seen an enormous surge in the number of

people commencing apprenticeships and traineeships in NSW and this Budget will turbocharge the take-up of training right across the state.”

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