AgSkilled 2.0 Program

The AgSkilled 2.0 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), particularly in the plant-based fibre (e.g. cotton), grains, production horticulture, viticulture and rice growing agricultural industry sectors across rural and regional NSW.

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About the AgSkilled 2.0 program

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

  • attract, develop and retain a productive workforce to underpin continued growth of the plant-based fibre (e.g. cotton), grains, production horticulture, viticulture and rice-growing agricultural industries in NSW
  • support plant-based fibre (e.g. cotton), grains, production horticulture, rice and viticulture primary producers and their workforce to 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, Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), Horticulture Innovation Australia, NSW Wine Industry Association and Ricegrowers Association of Australia as part of a Steering Committee are guiding this program, including:

  • identifying industry training needs
  • sourcing students
  • engaging preferred AgSkilled 2.0 Training Providers.

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

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.

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 NSW’s plant-based fibre (e.g. cotton), grains, production horticulture, viticulture and rice growing industries, such as being 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.

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 or your Training Services NSW Strategic Relationship Manager (SRM).

Page last updated: 28 September 2020