MAJOR MILESTONE FOR FEE-FREE TRAINING BOOM

NSW is enjoying a fee-free training boom with more than 200,000 enrolments recorded under JobTrainer, a program helping people get skilled for in-demand jobs.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said JobTrainer is part of a range of measures helping to turbocharge the take-up of vocational education and training in NSW to create a strong pipeline of skilled and qualified workers.

“Whether you’re a young person exploring your career or someone wanting to re-skill for an in-demand industry, JobTrainer can provide the fee-free training to help you kick-start your journey,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“This program is helping meet demand for skilled workers in key industries and helping drive our economic recovery from the pandemic.”

Training under the program is fee-free and fully funded for eligible people wanting to upskill or reskill.

The NSW Government has expanded eligibility criteria for the JobTrainer program to target in-demand industries, including construction, manufacturing, transport, logistics, aged care, disability care, childcare and digital skills.

JobTrainer has also supported more than 5,000 women into construction-related courses through the Built for Women initiative.

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the number of people commencing apprenticeships and traineeships in NSW has sky-rocketed since the launch of the program.

“JobTrainer is all about helping people get the skills they need for the job they want, while helping drive our economic recovery from the pandemic,” Mr Henskens said.

“Our record infrastructure program is creating enormous demand for jobs and our investment in fee-free training is helping meet that demand so we can continue to build what matters to make daily life better.”

JobTrainer is a joint State and Federal funded program, which is injecting $637 million into the NSW skills and training market.

For more information about JobTrainer eligibility and the training courses available, visit, https://skills.education.nsw.gov.au/jobtrainer.

ORGANISATIONS ENCOURAGED TO APPLY FOR $17 MILLION CROWN RESERVES IMPROVEMENT FUND

The NSW Government has opened applications for its $17 million Crown Reserves Improvement Fund to maintain and upgrade public reserves, and eligible organisations are encouraged to apply.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said the Department of Planning and Environment – Crown Lands has opened applications until 3 June 2022.

“The Crown Reserves Improvement Fund maintains and upgrades reserves and community facilities on Crown land across NSW,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“This year the NSW Government will invest $17 million across the state to benefit community, recreational and tourism facilities on Crown land reserves.

“Grant applications are open to Crown land reserve managers including local councils, community groups who use Crown land and all showgrounds, so I strongly encourage eligible local organisations to apply.

“The fund will support improvements to community, recreational and tourism facilities on Crown reserves while also supporting local businesses and economies.

“It also funds weed and pest control to protect our environment and native plants and animals.”

Minister for Lands and Water, Kevin Anderson said quality public reserves were vital to the health and well-being of local communities.

“Residents need quality natural spaces to relax and rejuvenate and this fund enhances local reserves that provide green open recreational space and protect our environmental diversity,” Mr Anderson said.

“The fund also upgrades facilities on Crown land used by organisations at the heart of our communities, like surf lifesaving clubs, scouts and girl guide groups, public halls, the RSPCA and PCYC.”

Mr Anderson said this year’s fund will provide welcome assistance for a range of reserves.

“Many of our reserves, like other businesses, have done it tough during COVID-19 and floods which have impacted their ability to operate and forced the postponement or cancellation of local events and other activities,” Mr Anderson said.

“These grants will help get communities back on their feet by funding improvements to Crown land that will drive the visitor economy in the regions”.

For further information on the Crown Reserves Improvement fund and to apply visit https://reservemanager.crownland.nsw.gov.au/funding/crif

TAFE NSW SOWING SUCCESS FOR FUTURE FARMERS

Aspiring agriculture professionals in the Southern Tablelands are sowing the seeds of a successful career through a TAFE NSW course which aims to provide the essential skills for farming animals or crops.

Year 10 and 11 students from Goulburn High School, Mulwaree High School and Trinity College have commenced the Certificate II in Agriculture through TAFE NSW, which combines their normal school work with a sought-after qualification.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman said giving students practical skills and work experience while still at high school would help ensure the local agriculture industry could meet the growing demand for highly skilled workers into the future.

“We know agriculture is booming in the Southern Tablelands. Commodity and livestock prices are up, so it’s a very exciting time to be entering the industry,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Students may complete the course as school-based apprentices, which allows them to work one day a week on a local farm while being paid. Otherwise, they can study through a vocational program delivered in school with a practical day each term at the TAFE NSW Goulburn working farm.

Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the courses were giving local students a running start to a career, allowing school-based apprentices to “earn and learn” at the same time.

“These students are thinking ahead and exploring what their post-school future might look like, and this course could be the catalyst to kick-start a long and successful career in agriculture,” Mr Henskens said.

Minister for Agriculture Dugald Saunders said growth is bringing an unprecedented demand for skilled workers, and courses like this show TAFE NSW is well positioned to train the workforce of tomorrow.

“These students will be the agriculture leaders of tomorrow, and this course will give them the practical skills and work experience to make their mark in the industry,” Mr Saunders said. 

Goulburn High student Amber Sommerfield lives on a 2000-acre livestock property just outside Goulburn and said she hoped her school-based apprenticeship would help her join the growing army of young women plying their trade in the agriculture industry.

“I’ve always loved working on the property in my spare time, and I thought it would be great to make it my career,” Ms Sommerfield said.

“I can’t wait to start my studies through TAFE NSW because I know it will give me a much better understanding of the exciting job opportunities in agriculture.

TAKING A LOAD OF COST OF LIVING IN GOULBURN

Member for Goulburn, Wendy Tuckerman, has announced social housing tenants including those in the Goulburn electorate are eligible to apply for a heavily discounted washing machine as part of a NSW Government initiative to save on water and lower the cost of living.

“Water is such a precious asset, particularly here in the Goulburn electorate, which is why the NSW Government has introduced this measure, to help save up to 25,000 litres of water a year per machine,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“As the Member for Goulburn I am also highly aware that times have been tough for our community which is why we are offering these heavily discounted machines that could save you $220 – $245 a year.  A new and improved machine will save water, save electricity and save on the cost of detergent.”

Minister for Lands and Water Kevin Anderson the initiative will reduce living costs while boosting water and energy efficiency.

“Every drop of water counts. While we’re not in drought now, we could be again, and it’s never too soon to start saving and being more mindful about our water use,” Mr Anderson said.

“The NSW Government is always thinking about ways to ease the cost of living for communities and this is another way that we are doing that.

Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said the NSW Government is committed to reducing the cost of living for those who need it most. 

“Replacement washing machines could slash annual household electricity bills and detergent costs,” Mr Roberts said. 

“That’s hip-pocket savings that really add up, all while helping communities save precious resources.” 

Those eligible to apply include tenants living in Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) and Aboriginal Housing Office (AHO) housing located in one of 43 LGAs across the state.

Successful applicants can choose between four different sized machines, and will pay a corresponding fee of $150, $200 or $250. The fee includes delivery, installation, and removal and recycling of their old appliance.  

Applications close on 30 June, or when all appliances are allocated. 

The Good Guys has been selected as retail partner for the pilot following a competitive tender process in accordance with NSW Government procurement legislation.

For more information on the pilot, eligibility and to apply, visit: water.nsw.gov.au/washingmachine.

For more information on the NSW Water Strategy, visit: https://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/water/plans-and-programs/nsw-water-strategy 

WELCOMES $20 MILLION IN ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING GRANTS

Businesses and motorists across the Goulburn electorate are set to benefit from $20 million in grants to establish Australia’s largest electric vehicle (EV) destination charging network.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman welcomed the co-funded grants, which will allow up to 3500 EV chargers to be rolled out across regional NSW.

“The NSW Government is determined to help local tourism providers by ensuring the region has the charging stations needed to welcome EV-driving visitors,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Mrs Tuckerman said the grants range from $2000 to $40,000 per site for EV chargers across regional NSW, and were part of a $171 million investment in EV charging over the next four years.

The EV destination charging grants will be offered on a co-funded basis for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle (EV) chargers in regional areas, which can provide a top-up of up to 130km of range in an hour.

A range of destinations across regional NSW can apply for the grants, including motels, wineries, cafes, restaurants, natural attractions, visitor information centres, museums and zoos.

Mrs Tuckerman a series of EV tourist drives would also be developed across the state to promote EV travel across regional NSW, following the rollout of the EV chargers.

The NSW Electric Vehicle Strategy aims to increase EV sales to 52 per cent of all new car sales by 2030-31, and the vast majority by 2035. 

Funding under the strategy also includes a $131 million investment for ultra-fast charging infrastructure and a $20 million investment in EV charging in commuter car parks, creating a world class charging network across the state.

The EV destination charging grants can be used for the purchase and installation of select electric vehicle (EV) chargers as well as software to tap into the smart capabilities of each charger. This includes:

  • 75 per cent towards buying up to four alternating current (AC) destination chargers per site location
  • 75 per cent towards charger installation (capped at $1000 per charger)
  • 50 per cent towards a two-year charger software subscription


Eligible destinations can apply for the grants online at: https://www.energysaver.nsw.gov.au/reducing-emissions-nsw/electric-vehicles/electric-vehicle-destination-charging-grants