Scot MacDonald
1st Aug 2018

Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC today visited Maitland TAFE to speak with staff and students to highlight the fee-free apprenticeships announced in the 2018 NSW Budget.

The NSW Liberal National Government is investing an additional $285 million over six years to fund the qualification fees for 100,000 new apprentices from 1st July this year.

Visiting the Plumbing, Painting & Decorating and Carpentry Teaching sections today, Mr MacDonald said the fee-free apprenticeships will reduce the financial burden on students at the outset of their vocational careers.

“Already this year we are seeing a 15 per cent increase in the number of apprentices beginning their training across the Hunter and Central Coast compared to the same time last year,” Mr MacDonald said.

“Through the actions of the NSW Government we’re making sure it is as attractive as possible for the next generation to take up a trade. We’re investing more than $87 billion in infrastructure over the next four years, with 20% of trade roles set aside for apprentices”

“By reducing the financial barriers to students seeking a vocational trade, we hope to provide secondary school students with greater career choice.”

Access to fee-free training is available to NSW apprentices, including school-based apprentices whose training is funded under the Smart & Skilled program and commenced on or after 1st July 2018.

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