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$93 million to Support Territory Apprentices and Trainees

9 January 2019 – The Northern Territory Government has announced a $93 million investment into Vocational Education and Training (VET) it hopes will upskill the local workforce and create long-term employment opportunities for Territorians.

The inaugural Skilling the Territory Annual Investment Plan is part of the government’s overall commitment to achieve workforce and job outcomes in conjunction with business and industry.

The funding aims to foster economic growth by increasing capability and capacity in high priority and growing industries. Priority areas include energy and minerals along with agribusiness, tourism, international education and training, defence and support industries. Growth sectors include, renewable energy, human services, tropical health and research, environmental services and creative industries.

NT Minister for Workforce Training Selena Uibo said, “The inaugural Skilling the Territory Annual Investment Plan provides clear direction and support to enable Territorians to pursue apprenticeships and traineeships.

“A workforce of trained, skilled Territorians not only benefits our businesses and employers, it benefits the Territory economy as a whole,” Minister Uibo added.

Currently, the Northern Territory has one of the highest vocational education and training participation rates nationally. The government hopes that this plan will create a larger and more skilled workforce allowing the Northern Territory to compete in national and international markets, ultimately resulting in a stronger economy.

The Skilling the Territory Annual Investment Plan includes:

  • $28.7 million to support apprenticeships and traineeships, including an enhanced Employers Incentive Scheme
  • $56.3 million to the Public Providers, Charles Darwin University and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education (this includes $14.5 million in Australian Government funding)
  • $3.3 million to strengthen industry engagement and advice
  • $7.85 million for Targeted and Responsive funding including the new Territory Workforce Program

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