NSW has committed nearly $160 million to the federal JobTrainer program in a bid to help people to reskill for future employment in the health, manufacturing and construction sectors.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian on Wednesday said the NSW government would match federal JobTrainer funding in a program that would support projects such as Aerotropolis, hospital redevelopments and regional road upgrades.
The initiative would also include full qualifications to retrain and become qualified, short course micro-credentials to upskill, support for apprentices and trainees, and support to re-engage young people in regional areas back into school, training or employment.
"It's crucial we look to reskill, retrain and redeploy the workforce to industries where there are skills shortages and emerging employment opportunities," Ms Berejiklian said in a statement.
"We are committed to ensuring the NSW workforce is the most highly skilled in the country."
Skills and Tertiary Education Minister Geoff Lee said the key training areas would be health, manufacturing and construction, with the program designed to help job seekers retrain or up-skill and support school leavers entering the workforce for the first time.
"We have to skill the workforce to take advantage of future job opportunities which may be very different to jobs in the pre-COVID economy," Mr Lee said.
Australian Associated Press