More than 100,000 people in NSW have taken up fee free courses since the joint Federal-State JobTrainer initiative was first introduced in October last year.
Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said NSW was now leading the nation in equipping people with skills after more than half of Australia’s JobTrainer enrolments hailed from NSW.
Health and individual support, community services, construction, business administration and IT have been the most popular courses across the State.
“These strong enrolment figures show how crucial reskilling and upskilling has been during this difficult period so the people of NSW can land on their feet after the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Lee said.
“By investing in a skills-led recovery, the NSW Government is not only future-proofing jobs but ensuring people have the right skills to plug current shortages.
“We’ve already seen these free courses translate to employment for thousands of people and I want to thank and encourage the people of NSW who are using the lockdown period to upskill or reskill during the pandemic.”
Other key findings:
- 97% of people enrolled in a course achieved their main goal for training with the most common motivation being to get a job or progress their career.
- Highest number of enrolments (28%) were from those aged 17-24 years.
- 94.5% of people said they achieved at least one work related benefit from the training such as improved employability, expanding skills and growing or starting their business.
NSW JobTrainer courses are available for young people, job seekers and school leavers to gain vocational skills in Australia’s growing industries.
For more information and to enrol in a JobTrainer course, visit: https://bit.ly/3wWI3pz