Sydney (Press Release): Deputy Premier and Skills Minister John Barilaro is urging students receiving their HSC results this week to consider Vocational Education and Training (VET) to secure a rewarding career in a high-paying job.

“As a former carpenter myself, I know only too well the work and lifestyle benefits of taking up a trade,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The NSW Government’s ambitious $87 billion infrastructure agenda means there is now huge demand for more skilled workers across the State, particularly in trades such as carpentry, electrical and plumbing.

“With all apprenticeships now fee-free, thanks to a $285 million NSW Government investment, there’s never been a better time to pick up the tools and study a trade.

“Since our fee-free apprenticeships policy came into force more than 5,514 people have taken up an apprenticeship.
“As students receive their results today I want to send a very clear message that studying VET is a smart choice not a second choice and is a great option for anyone looking to get a job and a high paying one at that.” he said.

Minister responsible for TAFE NSW Adam Marshall said school-leavers interested in VET would be wise to consider TAFE NSW.

“TAFE NSW is Australia’s largest VET provider, offering 1,200 nationally accredited courses in fields with growing job prospects, from carpentry and construction to cyber-security and information and technology,” Mr Marshall said.

“90 per cent of the highest growing jobs over the next five years will require a VET qualification, so I’d encourage all students thinking about ‘what next’ to consider signing up at TAFE NSW.”

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