School leavers score new skills over summer

A Summer Skills program will offer fee-free training for school leavers looking to acquire a range of job-ready skills.

Image: Summer skills in hospitality up for grabs for free

The ‘Class of 2022’ will be given the opportunity to access fee-free training to help them rapidly gain new skills for summer jobs in industries experiencing labour shortages such as hospitality, construction and early childhood education.

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the Summer Skills program will deliver 4,000 fee-free courses, with a focus on school leavers, as part of the NSW Government’s record $3.1 billion investment in skills and training.

“If you’re completing your HSC, now is the perfect time to get skilled for free and jump straight into a well-paid and rewarding job over the summer,” Mr Henskens said.

“This program is helping people boost their budget by slashing course costs, so that young people can get the skills they need for the jobs they want – whether that’s to kick start a career or earn money while they study.

“It will also help businesses address labour shortages so that they can employ more people and have a bumper summer.”

Summer Skills courses will be available for people between 16 and 24 who have left school through TAFE NSW and other registered training organisations.

Business NSW Executive Director David Harding said there has never been a better time for young people to get a job and this program will help them get the new skills they need.

“Businesses across NSW are crying out for staff as we head into summer and school leavers looking to get their start in the workforce will be welcomed by employers,” Mr Harding said.

“Whether that be pulling beers, a role in childcare or caring for older Aussies, getting our kids into a job sets them up for a bright future.”

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