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Premier announces boost to apprenticeships

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There’s hope businesses will boost apprentice numbers on the back of a state government mandate for construction projects.

Of the 38 occupations listed on the Australian skills shortage list, 26 require an apprenticeship.

But there’s been a big drop in enrolments for TAFE’s most popular diploma courses.

The government has now announced that on every government, 20% of all tradespeople must be trainees.

Alan Jones has been campaigning for a major boost to TAFE numbers and, in turn, apprenticeships.

Premier Berejiklian joined Alan in the studio following the announcement.

The target has already been trialled across several major projects, including the WestConnex and the Sydney Metro, and will now be rolled out across all major projects.

The new plan aims to create 4,000 jobs and cover ongoing construction needs heading into the future.

Premier Berejiklian tells Alan we must train people now for the future.

“Apprenticeship and actually getting people with the skills to be able to work on these key areas is absolutely critical.

“Industry has been calling for this because employers need to employee reliable tradespeople to get the job done in their businesses.

“And we all rely on reliable tradespeople for major projects.”

With a lot on her plate at the moment, Alan questions the Premier on a wide range of issues.

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