A huge injection of funds from the NSW Government will provide hundreds of school leavers in western NSW with the opportunity to undertake fee-free pre-apprenticeship and pre-traineeship training in 2016.
TAFE Western Institute Director Kate Baxter said the $10 million investment would assist 2,000 students start an exciting career and encouraged school leavers in the central west to take advantage of the initiative.
“Now that the 2015 school year is finished, it’s the time for school leavers to consider their next step and this funding provides exciting, hands-on opportunities to kick-start a worthwhile trade career,” Ms Baxter said.
“Short courses will be available, covering the introductory units of an apprenticeship or traineeship, allowing students to get a taste of the trade industry and determine if the job is right for them.”
Fee-free pre-apprenticeships and pre-traineeships will be available in areas ranging from construction, manufacturing and electrotechnology to cookery or early childhood education and care.
“Not only do these pre-apprenticeships and pre-traineeships give students the opportunity to try out these trades, if they take up an apprenticeship or traineeship after their training is finished, any competencies completed will be fully recognised,” Ms Baxter said.
In more exciting changes announced for Smart and Skilled in 2016, traineeship fees will now be capped at $1,000.
“This is great news for school leavers because this provides cheaper access to quality skills with more than 85 per cent of the current traineeship qualifications on the NSW Skills List to be cheaper for students in 2016,” Ms Baxter said.