More than 1700 residents from the Dubbo electorate have taken up the chance to upskill through a fee-free JobTrainer course during the pandemic.
It comes as NSW records more than 100,000 Jobtrainer enrolments since the jointly-funded Federal and NSW Government program was announced in October.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the most popular courses to study were operating forklift and forklift truck, statement of attainment in construction and statement of attainment in hospitality.
“It’s great to see locals using their time during lockdown to learn a new skill, change their career or get their first qualification,” Mr Saunders said.
“People of all ages are taking up the opportunity to study for free, whether they are looking to get into their first job or progress their careers.”
Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education Geoff Lee said NSW is now leading the nation in equipping people with skills after more than half of Australia’s Jobtrainer enrolments hailed from NSW.
“These strong enrolment figures show how crucial reskilling and upskilling has been during this difficult period so the people of NSW can land on their feet after the COVID-19 pandemic,” Mr Lee said.
“By investing in a skills-led recovery, the NSW Government is not only future-proofing jobs but ensuring people have the right skills to plug current shortages.
NSW JobTrainer courses are available for young people, job seekers and school leavers to gain vocational skills in Australia’s growing industries.
For more information and to enrol in a JobTrainer course, visit: www.training.nsw.gov.au/programs_services/sfr/index.html