Granville MP Julia Finn says more apprentices are needed

The state government has no plan to address the skills crisis plaguing NSW, according to Granville MP Julia Finn.

More apprentices needed: Granville MPJulia Finn was joined at Merrylands station by opposition spokeswoman Prue Car, shadow treasurer Ryan Park and Labor MLC Daniel Mookhey.

More apprentices needed: Granville MPJulia Finn was joined at Merrylands station by opposition spokeswoman Prue Car, shadow treasurer Ryan Park and Labor MLC Daniel Mookhey.

She met with opposition spokeswoman Prue Car and shadow treasurer Ryan Park in Merrylands last week to call on the government to increase apprentices and trainees employed on infrastructure projects.

Ms Finn believes an upgraded Merrylands commuter car park would be a good place to start. “Commuters in Merrylands have told me they often have to drive around nearby streets searching for a car spot, which can mean missing their train,” she said. “We were promised 125 car parking spaces and now the Liberal government has cut that by about a third without any explanation or apology.”

In his recent budget in reply speech, Opposition Leader Luke Foley announced that a future Labor government will ensure 15 per cent of work on NSW government construction projects valued over $500,000 are allocated for apprentices, trainees, Indigenous Australians and the long term unemployed.

“Our policy will create as many as 9000 jobs for young people, over the first four years of a Labor government,” Mrs Car said. “We need a government that encourages young people to consider an apprenticeship as the path to a successful career.”

It’s on top of Labor’s plans to reserve at least 70 per cent of VET funding for TAFE and to establish a Private Providers Investigations Unit to crack down on dodgy private education providers.