Programs and services

Training Services NSW aims to develop and promote a quality vocational education and training system that meets the economic needs of NSW and enhances skills for industry and individuals.

It does this through the Training Market by funding programs and strategies to focus vocational education and training (VET) on NSW priorities. Funding is allocated to registered training organisations that have a Smart and Skilled contract with this Department.

The following information is provided for VET practitioners and other interested parties.

Training Services NSW has created the Aboriginal Initiatives Unit to manage a number of programs that focus on improving access to employment and creating business opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

AgSkilled 2.0 Program is a $15 million investment by the NSW Government to support vocational education and training in the plant-growing agricultural industry sectors, including the plant-based fibre (e.g. cotton), grains, production horticulture, viticulture and rice growing agricultural industry sectors across rural, regional and metropolitan NSW.

Funded training is available to upskill and reskill job seekers seeking to work in the clubs sector while helping clubs overcome skills shortages, particularly in rural and regional NSW. Training Providers are also encouraged to collaborate with clubs to deliver this training using club facilities and premises.

The Continuing Apprentices Placement Service (CAPS) provides a free job matching service for employers and apprentices on the National Skills Needs List to:

  • help employers find apprentices who want to continue their training
  • help retrenched apprentices find another job in their chosen trade
  • support and promote a sustainable skills base for NSW industry and business

The Department, through Training Services NSW, is responsible for the administration and management of the annual $1.18 million Group Training Organisation (GTO) Recruitment Program.

The GTO Recruitment Program provides funding to GTOs to recruit, screen, induct and refer students to Partner Providers to undertake pre-apprenticeship or pre-traineeship training, with a view that the participants will enter a Training Contract on completion of the part qualification training.

Industry Training Advisory Bodies (ITABs) are autonomous, industry based bodies that represent their industries on training and related matters to support the vocational education and training system. There are 11 ITABs, with each covering specific industry groups.

ITABs have established industry networks and support to enable them to fulfil their contracted roles and responsibilities.

The Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program (ISLP) will capitalise on the NSW Government’s record levels of infrastructure investment to boost the number of skilled construction workers and create fresh pathways to employment across the state.

The Refugee Employment Support Program (RESP) is a $22 million initiative by the NSW Government to address challenges that are experienced by refugees and asylum seekers in finding long term skilled employment opportunities.

The Regional Industry Education Partnerships (RIEP) is a NSW Government initiative that will strengthen connections between local industry and secondary school communities and support students in planning their future career pathways.

The Government's Regional Vocational Education and Training (VET) Pathways initiative supports 15 to 19 year olds not in study or in a job to find pathways into education, training and work. The initiative offers services to re-engage young people and help them pursue careers.

Retrenched Workers Assistance provides information, advice and skills assessment to assist retrenched workers and those affected by company downsizing to determine the skills they need for future employment.

The NSW JobTrainer program is supporting vocational training and skills development across NSW.

The program offers fee free and low fee training options to boost skills with full and part qualification course options, as well as personalised support to assist people navigating the skills and training opportunities available in NSW.

Training Services NSW is developing an innovative IT Traineeship program for public sector agencies.

The program will support career pathways and upskill young people in a well-paid industry that is suffering acute skills shortages and which is expected to have increasing demand for skilled workers.

The Sticking Together Social Impact Bond will support approximately 870 young people aged 18-24 years, and with high barriers to employment, develop work readiness skills and capabilities to enable them to find jobs, and ‘stick’ in work for the long term.

NSW Government to be the exemplar State in transformative change for women working in trades.

The Trade Pathways Program focuses on three pillars of action based on research and consultation with industry stakeholders and women’s advocacy groups.


Page last updated: 18 November 2021