About Training Services NSW

Training Services NSW in the NSW Department of Industry is responsible for government-funded vocational education and training (VET) in NSW.

The NSW Department of Industry leads strategic policy, planning, funding, regulation and advice on VET to support economic, regional and community development.

Training Services NSW is responsible for the implementation of funded programs, including Smart and Skilled, apprenticeships and traineeships and adult and community education. It undertakes contract management of approved Smart and Skilled training providers and implements quality assurance and performance monitoring to achieve the best possible outcomes for students.

Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled, managed by Training Services NSW, is a reform of the NSW VET system. It's helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.

Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:

  • an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III
  • government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.

Smart and Skilled supports the skills development of the NSW workforce to meet the state's future demand for jobs. It enables workers and employers in NSW to access a wide range of government-subsidised courses (including apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications) and approved training providers.

For more information, go to the Smart and Skilled website.


Apprenticeships and traineeships

Training Services NSW regulates the apprenticeship and traineeship system in NSW.

It assesses, approves and administers apprenticeships and traineeships. It monitors the quality of on-the-job training and compliance of employers, apprentices and trainees. It advises and assists employers, apprentices and trainees and provides a mediation and dispute resolution service. It issues apprenticeship and traineeship certificates. It also provides a free job-matching service for employers, apprentices and trainees through the Continuing Apprentices Placement Service (CAPS).


Training Services centres and regions

Training Services NSW has six regional and three Sydney metropolitan centres that service the needs of local employers, training providers and individuals.

The centres play a key role in implementing training provider quality assurance, offering consumer advice and support in their local areas and providing quality assurance of regulatory requirements for apprenticeships and traineeships.

Regional NSW

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Regional NSW

  • Hunter & Central Coast
  • North Coast & Mid North Coast
  • New England
  • Western NSW
  • Riverina
  • Illawarra & South East NSW

Sydney metropolitan area

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Sydney metropolitan area

  • Central and Northern Sydney
  • Southern & South Western Sydney
  • Western Sydney and Blue Mountains


Support for the NSW Skills Board

Training Services NSW provides administrative support to the NSW Skills Board, which advises the NSW Government on how best to meet the skills and training needs of NSW individuals, industry, regions and the economy. The Board provides independent, high-level, strategic advice on the NSW VET system and oversees major reform of the system.


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Page last updated: 23 June 2016