Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said today’s National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) report on ‘Total VET students and courses 2018’ showed NSW was holding its own against declining national trends when it comes to skills and training.
“NSW Government-funded enrolments increased from 399,900 in 2017 to 407,600 in 2018, and NSW has seen a sharp increase in government-funded Certificate IV enrolments,” Mr Lee said.
“NSW also saw increased enrolments in apprenticeships and traineeships and Indigenous student enrolments.
“NSW is training 30% of the nation’s apprentices and trainees.
“While some states saw their apprentice and trainee numbers decline by the thousands, I’m proud NSW had the biggest increase in the country.”
This year’s NCVER report used a different methodology to previous years, counting only nationally recognised training, meaning non-accredited training such as HSC courses and Statements of Attainment in Skills for Business were excluded in the figures. As a result, the 2018 report cannot be compared with reports from previous years.
The NSW Government is leading the way on providing better access to skills and training. It has committed more than $350 million to deliver 100,000 fee free apprenticeships along with 100,000 free TAFE NSW and VET courses over four years.