NSW leads the way for apprentices and trainees

Published: 29 Aug 2019

NSW has had the biggest increase of apprentice and trainee enrolments across Australia.


The latest National Centre for Vocational Education Research report, Total VET students and courses 2018, showed that NSW is training 30% of Australia’s apprentices and trainees.

In 2018, over 297,400 students enrolled in TAFE courses and 798,100 students enrolled in private training programs.

The report also found that NSW Government-funded enrolments increased from 399,900 in 2017 to 407,600 in 2018. There was also an increase in Indigenous student numbers.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said the report showed NSW was holding its own against declining national trends when it comes to skills and training.

“While some states saw their apprentice and trainee numbers decline by the thousands, I’m proud NSW had the biggest increase in the country,” Mr Lee said.

The NSW Government has committed more than $350 million to deliver 100,000 fee free apprenticeships along with 100,000 free TAFE NSW and VET courses over four years.

Learn more about vocational education and training courses in NSW

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