Programs and services

State Training Services' goal is to develop and promote a quality vocational education and training system that meets the economic needs of NSW and enhances skills for industry and individuals.

It does this through the Training Market by funding programs and strategies to focus vocational education and training (VET) on NSW priorities.   Funding is allocated to registered training organisations that have a Approved Providers List contract with this Department. 

The following information is primarily provided for VET practitioners and other interested parties.

Funded through the Approved Providers List (APL)

There are three programs funded through the APL:

Strategic Skills Program (SSP)

The primary purpose of SSP is to fund training in skills important to the NSW economy - for priority industries, skill shortages and in skills that support innovative industry and jobs.

Training focuses on

  • existing workers and jobseekers, and
  • additional assistance for clients with special needs

and is available via part qualifications.

Funding covered 3 areas:

Apprenticeship and Traineeship Training Program (ATTP)

The ATTP funds formal training for specific NSW apprenticeships and traineeships.

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Other funded

Arrangements vary for accessing funding or services under the following programs:


Free services to apprentices and trainees:


Strategies and Services

These are responses to special and emerging needs of the NSW economy and incorporate a range of actions - using existing programs with targeted funding, new programs and specific development initiatives.


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Page last updated: 17 June 2014