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Skills for the future

Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro has announced that a NSW Government initiative is helping students get the preliminary skills they need to enter the workforce and take up opportunities in the growing state economy.

Speaking at the Group Training Association Skills Conference, Mr Barilaro said the $2 million pre-apprenticeship training initiative helps young people secure an apprenticeship, find a job and ultimately smooths the transition from school to training and then employment.

“This initiative is about building a skilled workforce for the future that helps students make informed career choices and assists employers to identify skilled staff,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Pre-apprenticeship training includes the automotive, construction and manufacturing sectors as well as stone masonry, hospitality, horticulture and electrotechnology.”

The initiative enables participants to:

  • Familiarise themselves with trade vocational choices and the requirements of the workplace;
  • Receive support and advice from a GTO and RTO to see whether a particular type of apprenticeship is suitable prior to making a full commitment to an apprenticeship; and,
  • Undertake pre-apprenticeship training.

It is anticipated the initiative will achieve:

  • 900 commencements in pre-apprenticeship training across NSW;
  • A completion rate of over 85 per cent for training; and
  • An attainment rate of over 60 per cent for apprenticeships, employment opportunities and/or participation in further training.

Group Training Organisations with an eligible training provider will recruit suitable participants, mentor them through the training and work experience, and place the participants in apprenticeships where possible.

The initiative will provide pre-apprenticeship training for young people from the ages of 15 to 24 years.

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