Opportunities for local employers to take on more trainees are now available following the launch of fee-free government-subsidised traineeships.

NSW Nationals Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said there has never been a better time to consider traineeships through the NSW Smart and Skilled vocational education and training (VET) system.

“This is fantastic news for our businesses and for those young people considering a school-based traineeship pathway to a career,” Mr Anderson said.

“Traineeships, through the NSW Smart and Skilled vocational education and training (VET) system, will join apprenticeships in being fee free from January 2020.

“Our investment in fee-free traineeships, coupled with the $285 million initiative that’s made apprenticeships fee-free, demonstrates that we are serious about getting people into sustainable work and addressing the skills shortage.

“To build a better region we need to support our towns and villages with job opportunities for our young people.”

“Let’s make sure we give our young people opportunities to train at home so they can stay at home.”

Education and Early Childhood Learning Minister Sarah Mitchell said a skilled workforce was one of the most important factors in delivering high quality early childhood education.

“This announcement of our investment to fund the student fees for Smart and Skilled eligible trainees is an important step in ensuring a skilled workforce to deliver high quality early childhood education and care,” Ms Mitchell said.

“It’s encouraging that the most popular traineeships are in early childhood education with over 10,000 students since 2015 taking up a traineeship.”