A growth in infrastructure projects is driving enrolment growth in trade qualifications, with an increase of at least 10 per cent across carpentry, plumbing and electrical trades.
New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian and minister for skills Adam Marshall unveiled the new TAFE NSW data at the Annandale Infrastructure Skills Centre today.
Figures showed there had been a 19 per cent increase in enrollments for electricians and an 11 per cent increase for carpenters and plumbers compared with the same time last year.
Berejiklian attributed this partly to recent construction projects such as NorthConnex, WestConnex and the Sydney Metro Project, which have employed more than 400 tradespeople in total.
“This government’s record $80 billion investment in infrastructure over the next four years has resulted in a construction boom across the state and a huge demand for tradies to build our future roads, schools and hospitals,” Berejiklian said.
“Here at the Annandale Infrastructure Skills Centre we can see first-hand how TAFE NSW is working alongside Australia’s largest public transport project, Sydney Metro, to get students hands on experience.
Mr Marshall said there had been noticeable and steady growth in Certificate III trade enrollments.
“This steady growth in enrollments for qualifications addressing the state’s skills needs shows students are voting with their feet and choosing TAFE NSW as the provider of choice to launch their careers in trades,” Marshall said.
“It’s been a year since the NSW Government implemented its One TAFE NSW model to strengthen and modernise TAFE NSW, and steady growth in key trades qualifications show this work is paying off.”Do you have an idea for a story?
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