Michael Johnsen MP

NSW Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Michael Johnsen has encouraged locals looking for the opportunity to reskill for future jobs to look at the NSW Nationals in the state government’s Skilling for Recovery initiative.

The NSW Nationals in the state government have committed $159.3 million to match the NSW Nationals in the federal government’s JobTrainer funding, which will be a key component to the state’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

Mr Johnsen said this initiative was an excellent opportunity for regional people to upskill or reskill and for school leavers to enter the workforce for the first time.

“Our community is battling COVID-19 like the rest of the state, so it is important for job seekers to look to industries of the future,” Mr Johnsen said.

“I encourage anyone who has had their work situation impacted by COVID to see if these training opportunities can help them. This investment will help job seekers enhance their credentials.

“Education and skills are key pillars to the COVID-19 Recovery Plan, so it is a critical step to commit to these additional training places. I expect industries such as health, manufacturing and construction to be key training areas.”

Skilling for Recovery includes:
• Infrastructure-specific training to support the record spending on projects such as the Aerotropolis, hospital redevelopments and regional road upgrades
• Full-qualifications to retrain and become qualified
• Short course micro-credentials to upskill
• Support for apprentices and trainees
• A new online Skills and Employment Hub
• Regional employment brokers to connect industry and trainers with job seekers;
• Tailored support to re-engage young people in regional areas back into school, training or employment.

Training is expected to commence in the coming months.