NSW invests into fee-free apprenticeships and female participation

The New South Wales Government is investing in fee-free and low-fee apprenticeships and traineeships to help address the construction industry’s need.

The investment will also support Built for Women, a program designed to boost female participation.

NSW Skills and Training Minister Alister Henskens said the State Government wants to make it easier for women to access the skills they need for a first job, a new job, or a better job.

“The NSW Government’s infrastructure investment is providing great opportunities for women to pick up the tools and enter a dynamic and rewarding industry,” he said.

Recently released data from the National Centre for Vocational Education and Research shows that female apprentice and trainee numbers are booming across the state, with a 91 per cent surge in commencements in the year to September 2021.

Minister for Women Bronnie Taylor said the Built for Women program has supported close to 5000 free training places for women in trade-related work, including construction, manufacturing, engineering, transport and logistics.

“Greater diversity makes our workplaces stronger and a secure and fulfilling future awaits women who choose a career in trades,” Taylor said.

Shani Staples is studying a Certificate III in Plumbing at TAFE NSW Mount Druitt. She said the plumbing industry is incredibly rewarding and offers a hands-on environment which is fast-paced and no two days are the same

“Many people are unaware of the scope of work that a plumbing trade covers, so if a trade is something you’ve ever considered, now is the time to give it a go,” Staples said.

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