More support for Wentworth apprentices, job seekers and businesses

May 12, 2017

Jobseekers, students and workers in the Wentworth electorate will have greater opportunities to obtain job skills and more access to support than ever before, under the new $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund announced by the Government.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Federal Member for Wentworth said the $1.5 billion Skilling Australians Fund and the $60 million Industry Specialist Mentoring for Australian Apprentices scheme are key parts of the Coalition’s plan to significantly boost apprentice numbers throughout Australia.

“The Fund will create an extra 300,000 apprentices over the next four years,” Mr Turnbull said.

“The Skilling Australians Fund would be prioritised towards apprenticeships and traineeships, pre-apprenticeships and higher level apprenticeships, occupations in high demand or with future growth potential, as well as rural and regional Australia.

“This will mean that Wentworth businesses and employers will get the skilled workers they need to continue growing and boost our local economy,” Mr Turnbull said.

“This gives people in our community the opportunity to get the skills they need to put them on the path to a great job and career,” he said.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, said the Fund will create an extra 300,000 apprentices over the next four years reversing the dramatic decline that occurred under the National Partnership Agreement signed off by Labor in 2012.

“The biggest annual decline in apprentices in Australia occurred in Labor’s last year in office from June 2012 to June 2013 when the number collapsed from around 515,000 to 404,000, or 22 per cent,” Minister Andrews said.

The Fund will be financed by the Government’s recent reforms requiring employers hiring temporary or permanent employer-sponsored foreign workers to pay a fee.

“We understand that overseas skilled migrants may be necessary to fill a short term need, but the Turnbull Government is ensuring that in the long term we can fulfil those skills needs with Australian workers, which is good for Australian business and good for our economy” Minister Andrews said.

The NSW Government is encouraged to put forward innovative projects to ensure our local community is able to share in the opportunities that this new funding provides.

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