Expanded training opportunities for NSW skills providers
In a major boost for vocational education and training, more providers, more qualifications, and more regions will feature in the 2023-24 skills provider contracts.
The $710 million investment will allow 556 approved providers to deliver subsidised training in priority qualifications that address the skills needs in NSW.
The single biggest investment is being directed to TAFE NSW, receiving more than two thirds of the total funding under these skills provider contracts. This meets the entirety of the TAFE application for funding.
Capacity has been increased for qualifications in emerging industries as skills for the jobs of the future, including in wind power generation and automotive electric vehicle technology.
New contracts will increase capacity in the Diploma of Nursing in Sydney and regional areas to meet increased demand in hospitals and aged care.
Providers are being funded to allow for the statewide coverage of Certificate III and IV School Based Education and Support, and Diploma of School Based Education and Care. This funding also means the Diploma of Applied Technologies, advanced engineering and advanced electrical qualifications will become more accessible.
One hundred and ninety eight providers have been offered contracts for the first time, including 5 interstate TAFEs that train NSW residents in areas where training is not available in border communities.
Minister for Skills, TAFE and Tertiary Education Tim Crakanthorp said:
“In a skills crisis, it is important that we create a workforce that meets the evolving needs of industries in NSW."
“The Minns Government is determined to restore TAFE by putting it at the heart of the vocational education system."
“The government is proud to provide funding and opportunities to 13 Aboriginal-controlled providers, ensuring that training is accessible and responsive to the specific needs of communities across the state."
“By offering subsidies for priority qualifications, we are empowering individuals to gain the skills required for rewarding careers and driving economic growth.”