The NSW Government has signed up to a new National Partnership Agreement for the Skilling Australians Fund (NPA SAF), allowing the state Government to access up to $500 million funding from the Federal Government over five years to support training opportunities for apprentices and trainees in NSW.
NSW Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills, John Barilaro, said the $500 million Commonwealth’s commitment will go a long way to help meet the skills needs of businesses and prepare our future workforce in NSW.
“NSW is taking the lead on Vocational Education and Training (VET) by signing the new Agreement because we know how important a skilled workforce is for the future prosperity of this state,” he said.
He said the previous National Partnership on Skills Reform helped to drive much needed reforms through Australia’s VET sector.
“The previous agreement helped introduce the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled program which has put trust back into the VET sector and means apprentices and trainees can complete subsidised training in courses that lead directly to employment opportunities.
“This new funding will continue to support employers to meet their growing need for qualified skilled apprentices and trainees and it will also help us as a Government deliver on our record investment in infrastructure projects throughout this state,” Barilaro said.