AgSkilled 2.0

The AgSkilled 2.0 training program is a $15 million investment by the NSW Government to upskill and better prepare the agricultural workforce for fast-moving change driven by industry innovation, research and technology through vocational education and training (VET), across these identified agricultural industry sectors in rural and regional NSW:

  • plant-based fibre (e.g. cotton)
  • grains
  • production horticulture
  • viticulture
  • rice
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About the AgSkilled 2.0 training strategy

cotton cropThe program runs till 30 June 2023 and aims to:

  • attract, develop and retain a productive workforce to underpin continued growth of the identified agricultural industry sectors in NSW
  • support primary producers and their workforce in the identified agricultural industry sectors develop production, technology, business and safety skills to increase farm productivity and profitability
  • develop industry capacity to adopt new technologies and sustainable farming practices
  • support career progression, entry pathways and employment outcomes across the wider agricultural industry and regional NSW economy
  • leverage research and development in the identified agricultural industry sectors to ensure training is relevant, current and meets industry needs.

Training Services NSW, in partnership with Cotton Australia (CA), Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Horticulture Innovation Australia (HIA), NSW Wine Industry Association (NSWWIA) and Ricegrowers Association of Australia (RGA) as part of a Steering Committee are guiding this program, including:

  • identifying industry training needs
  • marketing and promoting of AgSkilled 2.0 to relevant stakeholders
  • encouraging Training Providers to deliver AgSkilled 2.0

Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled is a NSW Government program, administered by Training Services NSW in the NSW Department of Education, which subsidises the training costs of courses on the NSW Skills List. The NSW Skills List includes a wide range of nationally recognised qualifications to support the skills needs of NSW employers.

Administered under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled program, AgSkilled 2.0 provides fee-free part-qualifications training (i.e. short courses that target identified skills gaps).

More information is available on the Smart and Skilled website at www.smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au

How does it work?

vineyardIn consultation with industry, AgSkilled 2.0 aims to meet agricultural workforce development needs through four (4) industry-identified key training pillars: Production, Technology, Business and Safety.

Current, relevant and flexible, the training is tailored and delivered to suit your business needs, and can be designed to suit students with a range of skills and experience. It covers areas as diverse as:

  • Farm production
  • Soils and nutrition
  • Business management
  • Emerging technologies
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Precision agriculture
  • Leadership and management
  • Farm machinery operation and maintenance.

For producers and employers, AgSkilled 2.0 allows you to build the productivity of your business by upskilling existing workers and providing new industry entrants with training in the skills you need, now and into the future.

For existing industry employees and job seekers, AgSkilled 2.0 will help you gain the skills employers want with industry relevant and up-to-date training. Increase your career and employment prospects, both now and into the future.

Available Courses and Units of Competency

The following Courses and Units of Competency (UoC’s) can be delivered under AgSkilled, with Training Providers being able to select any combination of UoC’s for delivery within the identified courses.

If suitable training is not available in the following list of Courses and Units of Competency (UoC’s), please contact the AgSkilled Project Officer, Claudia Vicary at claudiav@cotton.org.au or your Training Services NSW Strategic Relationship Manager (SRM).

Training locations

Farming operations in the identified agricultural industry sectors and which are located in regional and rural NSW, (i.e. outside the Greater Sydney metropolitan region) are eligible to access AgSkilled 2.0 training.

These areas include the Illawarra & South East, Hunter & Central Coast, Western, New England, Riverina and Mid and North Coast Training Services NSW Regions.

Student eligibility

apple orchardAgSkilled 2.0 training is available if you have a genuine interest in the identified agricultural industry sectors, such as if you are a producer, farm staff, contractor, industry professional or seeking employment in the sector.

You can access AgSkilled 2.0 funded training if you meet Smart and Skilled eligibility requirements

Training Provider eligibility

AgSkilled 2.0 Training Providers are:

  • Smart and Skilled approved, and
  • required to be endorsed by the AgSkilled 2.0 Steering Committee.

Current Training Providers endorsed to deliver AgSkilled 2.0 include:

  • Forsythes Training Pty Ltd
  • Irrigation Australia
  • Kreate Pty Ltd
  • LDO Group Training Pty Ltd
  • NSW Department of Regional NSW T/A TOCAL College
  • TAFE NSW
  • Training Services 4 You Pty Ltd T/A RAISE Training
  • Tamworth Community College
  • The Management Edge T/A TME Trade Training

Training Services NSW is currently seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from Training Providers who wish to deliver AgSkilled 2.0 training.

To submit an EoI please contact the AgSkilled Project Officer, Claudia Vicary at claudiav@cotton.org.au or your Training Services NSW Strategic Relationship Manager (SRM).

Page last updated: 18 December 2020