Release type: Media Release


Significant boost for skills training in NSW


Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash
Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business

The Commonwealth Government and the New South Wales (NSW) State Government have launched the NSW JobTrainer Agreement.

An extra $318.56 million will be injected into the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector, with $159.28 million from the Commonwealth Government matched dollar-for-dollar by the NSW Government.

JobTrainer will fund approximately 108,000 free or low-fee training places in NSW, with a combination of short and long courses for job seekers and young people, including school leavers.

Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash, said the funding will be an important boost to a skills-led recovery in NSW.

“JobTrainer will play a central role in our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, not just in New South Wales but right across the nation,” Minister Cash said.

“I thank the New South Wales Government for signing up to this important initiative.”

“The Commonwealth Government has been working closely with jurisdictions to establish the $1 billion JobTrainer Fund, including a $500 million investment from the Australian Government to be matched by the State and Territory Governments.”

“This will fund up to 340,700 additional free or low-fee training places to help Australians upskill and reskill in areas of demand.”

The Morrison Government is committed to strengthening the VET system to get Australians into work.

“We’re investing $6.5 billion in VET in 2020-21 to provide valuable opportunities and skills to Australians and help drive the nation’s prosperity in the years to come.”

“This includes additional funding under the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy, which has provided more than $500 million to employers across Australia since March this year.”

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