The number of apprentices and trainees in jobs across the state increased 11 per cent in the year to December 2021, off the back of the NSW Government’s unprecedented investment in fee-free training.
The National Centre for Vocational Education and Research (NCVER) report shows NSW continues to lead the nation, with more apprentices and trainees than any other state or territory.
Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said 106,445 apprentices and trainees were in training at the end of 2021, with both commencements and completions up overall on the year before.
“Our push to turbocharge the take-up of vocational education and training is securing a brighter future for NSW, with more people getting skilled, finding jobs and growing the economy,” Mr Henskens said.
“It’s great to see the number of women undertaking apprenticeships and traineeships in NSW continuing to surge, with a 21 per cent increase in 2021.
“Our record skills investment is helping people boost their budget through free training, allowing them to find in-demand jobs and contribute to historically low unemployment rates in NSW.”
The NSW Government is removing barriers to vocational education and training for young people through programs like JobTrainer, Careers NSW, the Educational Pathways Program and reforms to the HSC and ATAR that will significantly expand the education and employment pathways available to young people.
Business NSW CEO Daniel Hunter welcomed the Government’s ongoing commitment to a strong pipeline of skilled workers in NSW.
“Lifting the number of young people in apprenticeships, enhancing vocational education and training options for those looking to upskill or explore another career is just what the doctor ordered to address the state’s skill shortage,” Mr Hunter said.
“Helping someone get a job and get skilled is not just great for business and the economy, but is a positive step for young people and their families.”