NSW apprenticeships and traineeships increase

Media release | 4 September 2017

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said new data out today shows the number of people taking up apprenticeships or traineeship in NSW continues to climb in positive signs for the state’s vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Mr Barilaro said the latest report from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) shows a 2.3 per cent increase in NSW apprenticeship and traineeship starts in the year to March 2017 compared to the year to March 2016.

“The latest research is great news for the NSW and shows 47,100 people started an apprenticeship or traineeship in NSW in the year to March 2017, a 2.3 per cent gain on the previous year,” Mr Barilaro said.

“What’s even more exciting is that the latest March quarter figures were even stronger – a 7.1 per cent jump in 2017 on the 2016 March quarter.

“More and more people are realising that VET can provide an effective pathway to gain in-demand qualifications that lead to rewarding careers.

“Our VET sector is producing highly skilled graduates who can get job and pay outcomes comparable - and in some cases even better than university graduates.

“VET training offers pathways to many jobs that are seeing strong growth in the future, from the traditional trades to healthcare, biotech, cyber security, agriculture, ICT, and tourism.”

These latest NCVER results also show growth of 1.5 percent in the number of NSW people taking up trades like plumbing, carpentry and electro-technology which will support our industry sectors which are facing skills shortages.

This research comes on the back of an NCVER report released in July which showed government-funded VET student numbers in NSW grew by 38 per cent in 2016 under our Smart and Skilled system – significantly higher than a national increase of 3.3 per cent.

In August the NSW Government launched the “Doors to Opportunity” VET campaign to change perceptions around the industry and and encourage people to consider VET as a credible alternative to university.

For more information on the “Doors to Opportunity” campaign, visit: https://vet.nsw.gov.au/

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