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NSW ends TAFE fees for some apprentices

Tuesday, 19 June 2018
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(l-r) PIAA’s Paul Mitchell with Rob Stokes MP, NSW Minister for Education and Liliana Mularczyk from the NSW Department of Education.

Printing Industries has welcomed the move by the Berejiklian Government to scrap TAFE NSW fees for 100,000 apprentices, a move that will save some students up to $2,000.

The measure announced in today’s NSW state budget comes after months of lobbying by Printing Industries officials who have met regularly with senior staff at the NSW Department of Education.

“The wheels of Government turn slowly but our members and the Industry should be proud of its Association and the work we have done to win this policy outcome,” says PIAA CEO Andrew Macaulay. “Industrial manager Paul Mitchell has been instrumental in seeing this change through. He has opened doors where others could not get in.”

Mitchell, who met with Education Minister Rob Stokes in June to discuss concerns over print training, says industry feedback was the biggest driver behind the government’s move.

“This is a terrific announcement for industry,” says Mitchell. “The Berejiklian Government has responded to the concerns of the printing industry as well as other industries. The apprenticeship issue in the printing industry is mainly a supply side issue, as we raised with Government. We have dozens of businesses wanting to take on young people and give them a start, but very few wanting to start and even fewer who want to stay.” The NSW Government’s announcement today goes a long way to addressing this, he says.

Macaulay says the decision underlines the benefits of association membership. “This decision endorses and demonstrates the value that industry gets from being members of their Industry Association. A stronger printing association means stronger outcomes for the printing industry.”

The Government has allocated $285 million for the scheme, which will come into effect on 1 July.

“We will make it open right across the board to vocational training providers, TAFE NSW and make sure that we get more tradies into the field,” says Deputy Premier and Skills Minister, John Barilaro.


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