OPPORTUNITIES for apprentice training appear to be blooming in both the public and the private training sector.
Speaking during Skills Week, Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said in the two months since offering a range of fee-free TAFE apprenticeship courses, 1,382 new apprentices have signed up at Sydney TAFE campuses alone.
At Granville TAFE, 120 apprentices are studying Electrotechnology; 90 doing Construction, Plumbing and Services; 17 completing Australian Meat Processing; and seven in Hairdressing and Beauty Services.
Mr Barilaro said the results reflected the work the NSW Government had put in to transform the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector.
"On top of making apprenticeships free for 100,000 people, earlier this year we also offered free TAFE courses in digital and financial subject areas for small businesses and their staff," he said.
Last week, he also opened My Trade Start's new state-of-the-art private automotive training facility at Auburn which will offer pre-apprenticeship courses and training for auto apprentices.
"Students will be able to work on engines under the hoists, do wheel balancing and alignments just like they would in the real world, on a real worksite and they will graduate with the crucial auto skills required of a mechanic," Mr Barilaro said.
"Demand for qualified mechanics is strong in NSW due to a skills shortage in motor trade related jobs such as motor mechanics, panel beaters and vehicle painters."
My Trade Start general manager Luke Tabone said that with the start of the peak recruitment period only weeks away, now was a perfect time to undertake a pre-apprenticeship course.
"The automotive industry has embraced the pre-apprenticeship model because it delivers apprenticeship candidates that are not only more productive sooner, but also more confident in their career choice," he said.