Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said there are unprecedented levels of support for apprentices across the region in the NSW Government 2018 Budget, with the Government to offer 100,000 free apprenticeships to ensure there is a strong pipeline of skilled workers across the state.

Mr Anderson said this new $285 million skills and training package means that as of 1st July, free apprenticeships will be offered to newly enrolled apprentices in any course, building up the workforce in centres like Tamworth, Gunnedah, Werris Creek, Manilla, Boggabri or Barraba.

“This has been a terrific budget for investment in infrastructure and this announcement is an investment in our young people, developing increased skills levels and providing incentives for them to choose a trade as a career.

“As a Government, we have already created the positions for apprentices, by ensuring 20 per cent of trade roles on all future government projects will be filled by apprentices, and now we are covering the cost of their training.

“NSW needs more apprentices to ensure we have a strong pipeline of skilled workers for the NSW job market. This will help us deliver a new generation of skilled workers.

“We know that without skilled workers, our economy will stall, so we have to be serious about our investment for the future.

“This Budget also delivered an $813,000 injection into Gunnedah TAFE campus specifically for refurbishing the trades section.

“You can have the money to spend, but if you don’t have the skilled workers to actually bring the projects to life, it all counts for nothing. 

“This sort of free training offer has never been made before, so I encourage people thinking about skilling up, or starting a new career to make the most of it,” Mr Anderson concluded. 

The 100,000 free apprenticeships will be on offer over the next four years and include all 121 courses currently funded under the Smart and Skilled program.

For more information including details about how to enrol from July 1, go to the Smart and Skilled website at:

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