NSW Minister for Skills John Barilaro said a top priority was to give employers more flexibility in choosing training providers who could best deliver government subsidised apprenticeships and traineeships in NSW.
“NSW needs more people working in skilled jobs across the state who can make a significant contribution to our growing economy,” Mr Barilaro said.
The additional training options are where there is strong demand, including western and south-western Sydney where there is a skills shortage.
Some industries the funding will be available for are in construction, automotive, engineering, aviation, finance and insurance.
The NSW Government is also investing $10 million to give students who have left school fee-free pre-traineeship and pre-apprenticeship courses – a “try before you buy” model to provide students with the opportunity to start an apprenticeship or traineeship.
The changes form part of a raft of measures to drive skills training in NSW and will help increase apprenticeship completion rates to 65 per cent by 2019.