A Hand Up For Apprentices

Backed by Labor’s $100 million TAFE Rescue Plan, a Labor Government will reverse the Baird Government’s TAFE fee hikes for apprentices, potentially saving apprentices up to $900.apprentices.png


A strong economy requires a skilled workforce.

As part of Labor’s plan to increase workplace participation and skills development, we will provide additional support to apprentices by increasing opportunities to gain training, make TAFE affordable and help ease cost of living pressures.

The Baird Government has hit apprentices with higher TAFE course fees, while the Abbott Government cut $1 billion in support including axing the allowance which helped apprentice tradies purchase tools.

In contrast to the Liberals’ agenda of higher fees and budget cuts, Labor will provide genuine support to encourage more apprentices and help them complete their training.

To tackle the challenges of tomorrow we need to ensure young people in NSW are given the best opportunity to build their skills and expertise in new industries and new jobs.

Apprentices are at the core of our trade workforce, and they are at the core of our economy, which is why we want to see more of our young people starting and completing apprenticeships.

That is why Labor will give our apprentices a hand up.

Labor’s plan to give our apprentices a helping hand includes:

1. Establishing the NSW Tools for Your Trade program;

2. Halving the cost of car rego;

3. Requiring apprenticeship ratios on NSW Government construction projects; and

4. Reversing the Baird Government’s massive course fee hikes.