Vocational training

Vocational training is training for a career in the technical or practical fields. It includes a diverse range of occupations such as:

  • trades like carpentry, plumbing, locksmithing, beauty therapy and horse racing
  • traineeships like automotive sales, civil construction, community services and electrotechnology.

It also includes part qualifications and short courses like energy efficiency, occupational health and safety in the workplace, debit accounting and customer service delivery.

What training is available and where?

Training Services NSW manages vocational training in NSW, primarily through the Smart and Skilled program, by subsidising training that helps people get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.

For advice and information on what courses are available and which training providers are approved to deliver training, you can contact a Training Services NSW representative. They can provide information on:

  • Apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Full qualifications up to Advanced Diploma
  • Part qualifications

You can also use the Course Finder on the Smart and Skilled website to check your eligibility for government-subsidised training, find the right Smart and Skilled course and approved training provider, and estimate your student fee.

Financial assistance

A number of allowances and rebates are available for apprentices and trainees.

Mature workers

Mature aged workers can access all training programs subsidised by Training Services NSW - in particular apprenticeships and traineeships.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people

If you're an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person and are looking for an apprenticeship, traineeship or other vocational training, Training Services NSW has a range of services and programs to help you.


School students

The Board of Studies, Teaching and Educational Standards (BOSTES) has approved a number of trades and traineeships that can be studied while attending school. Visit the School Based Apprenticeships and Traineeships website or talk to your school's career counsellor.

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Page last updated: 08 April 2016