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ACT throws its support behind Skilling Australians Fund and apprentices

Apprentice numbers in the Australian Capital Territory are set to grow following the ACT Government signing the Turnbull Government’s Skilling Australians Fund (SAF) National Partnership Agreement.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews said the signing of a National Partnership Agreement with the ACT Government is a significant step for the vocational education and skills sector in the territory.

An estimated $1.5 billion will be provided through the SAF in vocational education and training (VET) programs Australia-wide, with the aim of creating an additional 300,000 apprenticeships and traineeships.

The SAF agreement means the states and territories will match federal investment to boost VET and grow apprenticeship numbers.

“Over the coming months and years of the SAF program, the ACT will benefit from thousands of apprenticeship and vocational education opportunities,” Minister Andrews said.

“The signing of the SAF agreement will help arrest the national decline in apprentices and trainees.”

The ACT will collect a per capita share of the $50 million sign-on payment, which was announced by the Government in the May Budget.

“Canberra and the region has not been immune to the skills shortages across a range of areas which we’ve seen around Australia, but the Turnbull Government is committed to working alongside the ACT government to help grow for the future and to see more Australians follow a VET pathway into skilled work,” Minister Andrews said.

“The Turnbull Government will be working with the ACT to identify projects to jointly fund and as the SAF program progresses we will certainly see a growing number of apprentices and trainees gaining the skills needed by local business and industry.

“The Turnbull Government stands ready to work collaboratively with all states and territories to build the number of Australian apprentices and trainees; their contribution to business and industry cannot be overstated.”