32 new qualifications in NSW skills list

The NSW Government today announced 32 new qualifications will be added to the Skills List for 2017 in addition to the 730 subsidised vocational education and training courses currently on offer.

Minister for Skills John Barilaro said the Skills List defines the qualifications eligible for government funding and reflects the need to reinvigorate and modernise courses available to students while meeting the specialised skills needed by industry.

“NSW has the strongest economy of any state in the country and the highest jobs growth, so we must make sure  our economic advantage continues by strengthening our skills base and providing the vocational education and training that connects young people to jobs and that meets industry demands.

“In our review we consulted with industry and employers to identify the skills they need and we’re confident the qualifications on the new Skills List are the ones that the Government should be funding,” Mr Barilaro said.

The 2017 NSW Skills List will support the NSW Government priorities such as the $73.3 billion infrastructure program and the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

 “It also supports the initiative to encourage the take-up of qualifications in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) subjects which are critical areas for the workforce of the future,” Mr Barilaro said.

Over half of the qualifications added to the List are higher qualifications at Certificate IV and above level which all go towards upskilling the NSW workforce.

New qualifications that support the Government’s infrastructure program include the Advanced Diploma in Building Surveying and a Certificate II in Trenchless Technology.

“We are also subsidising courses for training in the high-tech skills area with a Diploma of Digital and Interactive Games and an Advanced Diploma of Information Technology Business Analysis,” Mr Barilaro said.

Three qualifications will be removed from the Skills List due to a lack of enrolments.

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