New national partnership agreement vital to the future of 66,000 NSW students

Media release | 16 March 2017

NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, has told the Australian Council for Private Education and Training (ACPET) conference that the future of students could be jeopardised if there is no renewal of the National Partnership Agreement (NPA) on skills.

Mr Barilaro said the NSW Government has led the states and territories in the push for a new agreement and along with Assistant Minister for Skills, Adam Marshall, vowed to continue fighting for a commitment from the Commonwealth, with the previous arrangement due to expire in June.

“It’s estimated that up to 66,000 students could be adversely impacted if a new agreement is not put in place,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The NPA is vital to ensure training providers continued to deliver the highest quality training to the growing number of apprentices taking up a trade in NSW.”

While national figures are in decline apprenticeship numbers in NSW are on the increase. In 2016, NSW apprenticeship approvals climbed by 17 per cent to 21,828 – the best results since 2010.

“We will continue to invest in Vocational Education and Training (VET) because it is the bedrock of skills development and the jobs of the future,” Mr Barilaro said.

Data from the National Centre for Vocational Education Research from 1 January to 30 September 2016 shows a 47.7 per cent increase in the number of government-funded students in NSW, compared to the same period in 2015.

This was higher than all other states and nearly ten times the national average.

Mr Marshall said the NSW Government was committed to making it easier for people around NSW to access training and pursue rewarding careers.

“A strong TAFE is needed to meet training needs in our rural and regional communities across NSW,” Mr Marshall said.

“It’s great to see that TAFE NSW enrolments are on the increase – enrolment figures to October 2016 were 122,000 higher compared to the same time the previous year.”

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