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    NSW government offers new training options for tradies

    Published on 29 October 2015, Thursday, 10:28 PM

    NSW Minister for Skills John Barilaro has announced the investment of $100 million to increase training options for employers, with the aim of combating the growing shortage in skilled tradespeople. The announcement, which will support over 47,000 new training placements, was welcomed by the Housing Industry Association (HIA). 

    While the country as a whole is suffering from the skills shortage, NSW in particular finds itself under pressure due to the strong housing market in the state. However, Sulfianda Soeleiman, HIA acting executive director for NSW, sees an opportunity in the housing boom. 

    "The challenge of skills shortage also presents opportunity. It provides great potential for those that choose a construction based trade career to build significant businesses in the future,"  Mr Soeleiman commented, following the minister's statement. 

    Other organisations across the country are employing similar tactics to entice people into the skilled trades. The National Broadband Network (NBN) has partnered with TAFE on the $40 million Career Start workforce development program, aimed at filling a shortfall of 4,500 staff ahead of the continued roll-out of its network. 

    Western Australian association TradeUP Australia is working tirelessly to encourage women to consider a career in the trades, while in NSW, Supporting and Linking Tradeswomen (SALT) is likewise tapping into a talent pool often overlooked for manual and skilled labour positions. 

    The NSW government has also announced an investment of $10 million to give school leavers the opportunity to sample pre-traineeship and apprenticeship courses, considered a "try before you buy" approach to drawing young talent into the trades. 

    Ever found yourself carrying out a DIY project - whether simply painting your home or something larger like renovating your bathroom - and daydreaming of a life in the construction industry? Well now might be the time to consider a new career path, with plenty of opportunities to develop your home handyman skills into something more substantial. Get inspired with a trip to your local Kennards Hire today.  

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    Nathan Mills
    Nathan is a seasoned Kennards Hire team member passionate about empowering DIYers in their projects. He loves everything DIY and brings together years of equipment and project experience to help customers get the right tools for their next job.