From preschool to apprenticeships, the Liberal-National Government understands how valuable education is for people of all ages in NSW. Equal opportunity and access for everyone in NSW is a priority, regardless of where they live or their financial circumstances.
Since 2011, the Liberal-National Government has delivered 69 new or upgraded schools in NSW and over 5,100 additional teachers. Over the next four years, $6 billion will be invested to deliver more than 170 new and upgrade schools that will be enjoyed by the NSW children today, and in generations to come.
The Government recognises the importance of quality preschool education. $197.8 million over the next four years will be invested into the Start Strong Program, allowing NSW families to have access to preschool facilities for their 3-year-olds. We are the first State Government in Australia to take this initiative, providing accessibility and equal opportunity for all NSW preschool aged children.
$285.2 million over the next six years will fund fee-free apprenticeships. Removing the financial barrier aims to decrease the amount of people who refrain from applying due to financial stress. As a result of the fee removal, there will be a greater influx of applicants who will address the skill shortage across construction, hospitality, and automotive repair.
The Liberal-National Government has invested $23 million to provide digital learning resources to every public-school student across NSW. The new STEMShare program provides students with access to robotics, 3D printing, coding, film-making, and virtual and augmented reality technology. All of these technologies are vital for the development and study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects.
A record Government investment will see $500 million deliver air-conditioning in up to 1000 public schools in NSW. This is something that parents and school communities have called for and the Liberal-National Government that can deliver this, thanks to our strong economic management.