Economic downturn

The ongoing economic instability is putting pressure on businesses. You may be forced to consider

  • rationalising or downsizing
  • diversifying, or
  • closing.

You might need to:

  • look for innovative approaches - new technology, new products etc
  • change processes e.g. to be more environmentally sustainable
  • provide staff with a different range of skills
  • reduce staff hours
  • prepare staff for retrenchment.

State Training Services can provide

  • advice and guidance on options and processes
  • skills assessment and recognition 
  • access to funded vocational training including apprenticeships and traineeships
  • access to a range of resource materials
  • coordination with other government and community services for support for retrenched workers, such as job matching, financial and social services assistance, career advice etc.

Talk to a State Training Services Manager now.  Call 13 28 11.


Find training

Looking for training course information?

  • Apprenticeships and traineeships search
  • Retrenched Workers Programs - talk to a Training Advisor - 13 28 11
  • Short courses - talk to a Training Advisor - 13 28 11
  • Green short courses search.

Other assistance

The Continuing Apprentice Placement Scheme (CAPS)-  is a free service that matches employers with genuine out-of-trade apprentices/trainees who are seeking to complete their qualification. CAPS links employers to benefits and other free employment services.

Retrenched Workers Training Assistance - a range of services including skills assessment, referral to vocational training and priority assistance.  

Workshops, information and support for various aspects of business management and development (Department of Industry & Investment) are also available.

The NSW Government Trade & Investment website offers a large range of services, grants and funding to people and businesses.

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Page last updated: 10 January 2014