More students will have the opportunity to undertake school-based apprentices after funding for the program was boosted in this year's state budget.
School-based apprenticeship numbers have declined in recent years but received $449,307 in last year's state budget.
The program is not supported by federal funding and forms part of a swathe of vocational education measures announced in the budget.
Master Builders Tasmania executive director Matthew Pollock welcomed the initiatives, saying they would make more students "job-ready" for vocational trades in the future.
"The more that kids are job-ready the higher their chances of success," he said.
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Mr Pollock said traditionally young people had high dropout rates for the construction industry in particular, due to a lack of job-readiness programs like school-based apprenticeships.
Master Builders Tasmania run their own school-based apprenticeships and Mr Pollock said it was great to see that investment to support students.
The state budget included a $2.9 million allocation of funds for TasTAFE, to support increased staff and places in some trade courses.
The funds will be used to boost teacher numbers in the construction, electrotechnology, plumbing, nursing and welding courses and will support 75 new places in the nursing course.
Education Minister Jeremy Rockliff said the commitment would help meet the future needs of the "booming construction sector" and address key skill shortage areas.
"Importantly TasTAFE will also recruit up to seven additional nursing teachers along with a dedicated coordinator for student work placements. Improving the participation and engagement of students through flexible learning options is critical, providing more opportunities for students in a range of learning environments," he said.
The commitment to school-based apprenticeships would help to provide pathways to increase participation and engagement in vocational education, the budget papers read.
"It will support students to enhance learning pathways to better align with the outcomes of schooling and to develop a local work-ready workforce. "
Beacon Foundation Tasmania state manager Nick Probert welcomed the commitment made to VET in the state budget.
"The Beacon Foundation strongly supports the government's initiative to increase the number of school-based apprenticeships, as we believe they are a tremendous resource that can help more young Tasmanians finish Year 12, bridge the youth unemployment gap in our community and assist those industries experiencing skill shortages to attract young workers," he said.
"We also know from our interactions with employers that significant effort is still required to ensure that young Tasmanians are ready for work and have the soft skills, capabilities and confidence to meet the expectations of the workplace. Investing in the development of these skills is fundamentally important so that industry can be assured it gets the quality it needs."
The budget was released on Thursday by Treasurer Peter Gutwein.
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