Training information for businesses

Vocational education and training (VET) in Australia is mainly funded by commonwealth and state governments.

It is underpinned by

  • high standards of training
  • strategically targeted funding
  • industry developed training packages

So how does the vocational training industry operate in NSW?

Your training partners

Partners are an essential part of the development and support of NSW vocational education and training (VET). The following are key partners that can help businesses:

Training Services NSW - we have managers and staff experienced in industry engagement to give you information and advice on workforce development and training options, and bring together experts from other sources into an effective partnership.

Industry Training Advisory Bodies and peak associations - industry experts who have a critical role in the development of apprenticeship and traineeship training to meet industry specific needs. They provide information and advice on VET to the NSW Government.

Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) - experts in training and assessing. Training Services NSW subsidises RTOs to provide training in apprenticeships and traineeships, approved short courses, green skills and energy efficiency. They can assist with customisation of courses to meet industry and employer needs. Click here to find an RTO that can offer training for a specific apprenticeship or traineeship.

Other Government departments like NSW Department of Industry and NSW Office of Environment and Heritage.

Regional Training and Employment Strategy supports economic development by building the capacity of the workforce in rural and regional NSW. Programs under this Strategy have a strong partnership approach which may involve community organisations, training providers, industry organisations or government agencies to target local skills needs.


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 For employers page of the Smart and Skilled website.


Apprenticeships and traineeships

To find a training course and a registered training provider for an apprenticeship or traineeship, click here.


Find a registered training organisation

Click here to find an RTO that offers training for a specific apprenticeship or traineeship. Or browse through all Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) near you.


Training Packages

Training Packages are collections of reference materials that define the national standards and qualifications for recognising and assessing people's skills in specific vocations. They include:

  • competency units
  • listing of qualifications
  • assessment guidelines
  • recognised training resources and links to the original supplier/vendor

While a Training Package states what competencies need to be achieved it does not prescribe how an individual should be trained. It is the responsibility of the RTO, through its trainers, to develop teaching strategies and assessment methods to meet the needs, abilities and circumstances of learners.

More information on Training Packages.

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Page last updated: 27 July 2016