Labor makes it easier for apprentices

APPRENTICES will get $500 for tools and clothing and their car registration fees cut in half under a Labor government, the Opposition leader says.

Luke Foley said Labor would require 15% of all work on New South Wales Government construction projects valued more than $500,000 to be allocated to trainees, apprentices, indigenous Australians and the long-term unemployed.

He would bring down TAFE course fees to save apprentices up to $900.

Speaking during a tour of a mechanical workshop in Girraween in Sydney's west, Mr Foley said the Tools for Your Trade program and car registration rebates would begin from the start of next year if Labor won.

"Labor's extra financial support for apprentices will put more money in the pockets of more than 20,000 young tradies," he said.

"Labor's policy ensures a fair go for tradies who are starting out in their chosen career."