Delivering The Skills For A Growing Economy

Many young people in Baulkham Hills will have access to free training to help them find a job, Baulkham Hills State Liberal MP David Elliott announced today.

“A re-elected Baird Government will make hundreds of training courses free for 200,000 disadvantaged young people across NSW — including many in Baulkham Hills,” Mr Elliott said.

“Local businesses in Baulkham Hills will also be encouraged to employ more apprentices as part of an historic compact signed between the NSW Government and the State’s peak employer and industry groups.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has created more than 145,000 new jobs and we are committed to ensuring every young person in NSW has the skills they need to find a job in the fastest growing economy in the country.”

Mr Elliott said the NSW Government would do its bit to help apprentices find their first job by requiring require contractors to employ a minimum number of apprentices on every NSW Government project worth more than $100 million.

Public school students in Baulkham Hills studying a vocational education and training course for their HSC will also benefit from a $27 million program to provide on-the-job training.

“Structured workplace learning is an essential component of VET in schools which helps students gain practical skills in a real-world setting,” Mr Elliott said.

“Finding a career is an important step in life and these fee-free scholarships and access to on-the-job training will ensure more young people have the opportunity to succeed.”

Mr Elliott said Reskilling NSW builds on the NSW Government’s record investment in  vocational education and training, which includes:

  • $2.3 billion in spending on vocational education and training in 2014/15, an 11 per cent increase compared to the last Labor Government;
  • More than 60,000 additional training places in 2015 as a result of the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled reforms; and
  • $1.86 billion for TAFE NSW to deliver quality training across the State.