Apprenticeships target smashed in record NSW infrastructure programs

Media release | 16 February 2017

The NSW Government today revealed 2,208 apprentices have been employed on the State’s record $73 billion infrastructure programs – more than doubling the original target of 1,000.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, said the government is transforming NSW with record infrastructure and a legacy beyond bricks and mortar by equipping a generation of workers with invaluable job skills.

“We made a commitment in 2014 to ensure that anyone bidding for major projects would need to outline just how they would leave a lasting skills legacy for local communities and deliver apprenticeship opportunities,” Mr Barilaro said.

“We’ve smashed the target of 1,000 new apprenticeships; in fact it’s an outstanding result as we’ve more than doubled that target.”

The latest figures (from September 2016) show 2,208 apprenticeships have been created.

“This provides a snapshot of a much bigger story about the success of trade apprenticeship approvals in NSW, including how last calendar year apprenticeship approvals increased by more than 20,000, that’s up by 17 per cent and a milestone not seen since 2010,” Mr Barilaro said.

The Infrastructure Skills Legacy pilots at Sydney Metro Northwest and the Stage 3B redevelopment of Lismore Base Hospital are targeting 20 per cent of trades positions to be apprentices, double the number of women in trade-related work and making sure at least eight per cent of the total project workforce is aged under 25.

Byron Bay apprentice Grace Gibson, 27, has been employed as a mature age first year electrical apprentice on the Lismore Hospital project.

“I always wanted to get a trade rather than a university degree as there will always be work for me,” Ms Gibson said.

“NSW is in the midst of a once-in-a-generation infrastructure and jobs boom as we deliver the rail, roads, schools and hospitals our state needs,” Mr Barilaro said.

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