With National Skills Week (29 Aug-4 Sept) putting the spotlight on the benefits of vocational training, the State Government is asking residents  in the Coffs Harbour electorate who may be dealing with difficult life circumstances to consider fee free training as a pathway to more positive life and career outcomes.

Member for Coffs Harbour, Andrew Fraser, said the State Government’s fee exemptions and free scholarships were helping some of the state’s most vulnerable people ease the financial burden to rebuild their lives through training.

“Vocational training and learning new skills can literally change the course of an individual’s life and future prospects.

“The value can be even more pronounced for those dealing with difficult life circumstances – for example those in out-of-home care, in social housing, or surviving domestic violence.

“Since we launched this fantastic initiative in July 2015 over 27,000 people have taken the opportunity to choose from more than 590 qualifications from Certificate I to Certificate IV level.

“The funding includes support for apprenticeships and traineeships – giving people the confidence to know they can complete their training without paying a cent in course fees,” Mr Fraser said.

Minister for Regional Development, Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said up to 200,000 free training places are available over four years under the $48 million program.

“We need to do more to get the message out – there are plenty more opportunities for people to secure a scholarship and I encourage people in the Coffs Harbour electorate to find out more.

“We want to see more eligible students take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to gain the skills and training that can change their lives for the better,” he said.

Smart and Skilled was introduced in 2015 and eligible students can choose from more than 700 qualifications on the NSW Skills List.

National Skills Week: http://www.nationalskillsweek.com.au/

Smart and Skilled: https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/for-students/fee-free-scholarships


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