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14 February 2007

School-Based Apprenticeships Take Off in Trade Schools

The first students in NSW to take on school-based apprenticeships at one of the Iemma Government's trade schools signed up at Ballina High School today.

NSW Education and Training Minister Carmel Tebbutt says the new trade schools will link schools, industry and TAFE so they can deliver leading-edge training through hundreds of apprenticeships and traineeships, tackling local skills shortages.

"The nine Year 11 students taking on school-based apprenticeships in Ballina today are the first to do so at a trade school within a government secondary school," said Ms Tebbutt.

"This program builds on the vocational expertise within Ballina High School and on the School's excellent relations with local industry.

"I wish the students signing up today and the others who will do so in the coming days all the best in their endeavours.”

Ten trade schools, based on school and TAFE NSW sites, are part of an $18 million, four-year, Iemma Government program, addressing skills shortages.

Year 11 Students have the option of undertaking a school-based apprenticeship, school-based traineeship or other vocational course while completing their HSC. This allows them to finish Year 12 with a Certificate Two level qualification or Stage 1 of their apprenticeship training.

The students formally taking on their school-based apprenticeships and starting to prepare their training plans today are:

• Emma Crook: Automotive (Light Vehicles) with Quayside Holden; Emma's apprenticeship is a first step towards her career goal in motor racing • Dean Roberts: Construction (Carpentry); Joshua Pauling: Electrotechnology (Electronics) and Alex Downes: Automotive (Heavy Vehicles) all with Ballina Shire

Council through East Coast Training • Nathan Dann: Engineering (Fabrication) with Kimberly Kampers • Jerome Anderson and Thomas Tarrant: Construction (Carpentry); Stephanie Ferguson: Hospitality (Cookery) and Harry Egan: Plumbing, all through Northern

Rivers Group Training

At least four more students are expected to join next week.

This year the Iemma Labor Government is investing a record $8 billion into public education, including more than $485 million on upgrading and modernising school facilities - the State's largest ever school building program.

Record Investment, More Teachers, Better Schools, Higher Standards

THEN AND NOW: 1995 2007 Change

School funding $4.2 billion $8.0 billion 90%

Average investment per student $5,273 $10,158 92%

Salary of experienced classroom teachers $42,016 $72,454 72%

Teacher numbers (FTE)

49,697 51,942


School-based support staff 9,700 14,200 4,500

IT Budget $18 million $180 million 900%

Ratio of computers to students 1:22 1:6

Special Education Budget $328.8 million $839.4 million 155%

Literacy and numeracy programs $53 million $154 million 190%

School maintenance $88.6 million $226.8 million 156%

School upgrades (Capital Works) $198.4 million $485.8 million 145% Schools with air-cooling 167 More than 800

Schools with security fences 0 471

Class sizes


Year 1

Year 2

All K to 6