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NSW school leavers will be able to test run a vocational career by taking advantage of free pre-traineeship and pre-apprenticeship courses, Minister for Skills John Barilaro announced recently.
Mr Barilaro is encouraging students finishing their final HSC exams to consider vocational education and training as the first step to a rewarding career.
“Our state economy relies on a skilled workforce every day to build the roads, hospitals and schools – from construction to computing, there is a great variety of skills students can learn,” Mr Barilaro said.
“Employers are also planning their staffing needs for 2016 and looking to find the future entrepreneurs to make their mark in this unprecedented period of growth within NSW,” Mr Barilaro said.
From 2016, the NSW Government is investing in new initiatives to make it easier for young people to access high quality training that will help them get a good job, including:
● 200,000 fee-free scholarships with priority for people living in, or on the waiting list for, social housing;
● A cap on traineeship fees of $1,000;
● $10 million investment to “try before you buy” free pre-traineeship and pre-apprenticeship courses – funding 2,000 places;
● $25 million to deliver 25,000 scholarships to students enrolling in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics related vocational qualifications;
● $10 million to create 2,000 places for students to train for jobs that will support the delivery of the National Disability Insurance Scheme; and,
● Free vocational education and training for people with a disability, regardless of whether it is a first or subsequent qualification.

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