NSW students finishing their HSC exams will be able to try out a vocational career with free pre-traineeship and pre-apprenticeships courses being offered.
Minister for Skills John Barilaro said he hoped the new courses will help school leavers consider vocational education and training as a career to meet the future needs of the employment marketplace.
“Our state economy relies on a skilled workforce every day to build the roads, hospitals and schools – from construction to computing, there is a great variety of skills students can learn,” Mr Barilaro said.
From 2016 young people across NSW will have access to:
- 200,000 fee-free scholarships with priority for people living in, or on the waiting list for, social housing
- a cap on traineeship fees of $1,000
- $10 million investment to “try before you buy” free pre-traineeship and pre-apprenticeship courses – funding 2,000 places
- $25 million to deliver 25,000 scholarships to students enrolling in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics related vocational qualifications
- $10 million to create 2,000 places for students to train for jobs that will support the delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme
- free vocational education and training for people with a disability, regardless of whether it is a first or subsequent qualification.
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