Apprentice tradies honing their construction craft at TAFE NSW are benefitting from new covered outdoor learning areas, allowing them to undertake practical lessons rain, hail or shine.

Treasurer and Member for Hornsby Matt Kean said the construction of 16 new trades facilities statewide was a part of the NSW Government’s record investment in TAFE NSW, which has delivered more than $790 million in capital upgrades since 2020-21.

“With demand for carpenters in NSW expected to increase by almost 9 per cent over the next five years, this investment in TAFE NSW is critical for ensuring apprentice tradies can complete their training regardless of the weather,” Mr Kean said.

“The NSW Government’s investment in TAFE NSW is improving facilities, upgrading teaching equipment and creating modern learning spaces, such as our revolutionary new Institutes of Applied Technology at Meadowbank and Kingswood.

“These new facilities will significantly increase TAFE’s capacity to train tradies which will help grow our economy and secure a brighter future for local people.”

Minister for Skills and Training and Member for Ku-ring-gai Alister Henskens said data out this week shows the number of apprentices and trainees in jobs increased 11 per cent last year, off the back of the NSW Government’s unprecedented investment in fee-free training.

“NSW is leading the nation when it comes to investing in skills and training to create a pipeline of skilled, job-ready workers for industry,” Mr Henskens said.

“It’s also great to see the number of women in NSW undertaking apprenticeships and traineeships also continues to surge with a 21 per cent increase in 2021 compared with the previous year.

“Our record $3.1 billion investment in skills in the June Budget is delivering more fee-free training which is helping people find in-demand jobs and contributing to NSW’s historic low unemployment rate.”

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