A spokesman for Jobs, Workforce and Skills Minister Stuart Robert said the government had provided more than $7 billion in funding to boost apprenticeships and work placements.
“We start 2022 with nearly half a million job-ready Australians up-skilling or up-skilling with well over 270,000 JobTrainer sign-ups and the highest level of business apprentices ever with 220,000 in training,” he said.
Dr Hurley said that while the federal government had made a big investment in apprentices and trainees, they were “just part of the skills policy”.
“Investing in employer subsidies for apprentices/trainees, while absolutely welcome and important, doesn’t really address the broader skills issue,” he said.
(NCVER) show that in 2020, compared to 2019, government-funded full-year training equivalents fell 10 percent to 494,100 and national fee-for-service training fees fell 2.7 percent to 387,500.
NSW Labor Party leader Chris Minns said that although there has been an increase in the number of training and term completion from June 2020 to June 2021, full-year numbers were down for completions.
“The decline has affected all sectors over the past year with a 12% decrease in workers in the construction trades, an 18.9% decrease in workers in the food trades and a decrease of 20.2 % of skilled workers in animal husbandry and horticulture,” he said.
NSW Minister for Skills and Training, Alister Henskens, said the state government had provided free apprenticeships and work placements, resulting in almost 40% more students starting an apprenticeship or an internship in 2021 than in 2019, before the start of the pandemic.
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