Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee welcomed today’s National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER) report on ‘Government-funded students and courses 2018.’
The report showed that NSW is leading the way with the highest number of new students in vocational education and training — the only state to see an increase — with an extra 9,900 students. This is against an overall national decrease of 22,000 students.
Government providers like TAFE NSW made up over two-thirds of that with 6,500 new students.
Indigenous student numbers continue to be the highest in NSW, with 43.5% of the 79,000 Indigenous students nationally. NSW also has the highest number of students with a disability. NSW is also the only state to increase VET student participation rates in regional and remote areas.
“I’m pleased that more people in NSW are recognizing that vocational education and training is a solid pathway towards a meaningful career,” Mr Lee said.
“Greater participation in vocational education and training means a more highly skilled workforce.”
The NSW Government is committed to increasing VET participation; the 2019-20 NSW Budget saw $2.3 billion allocated towards vocational education and training.
The NSW government has allocated $71 million over four years for 100,000 free courses, bringing the total number of free TAFE and VET courses over the period to almost 700,000 places.
The 100,000 additional courses will be made up of 70,000 new fee-free courses for young job-seekers taking on traineeships and 30,000 free TAFE places for mature-aged workers seeking to retrain or re-enter the workforce.