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-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 Group Training Organisation (GTO) Recruitment Program and Apprenticeship Completion Incentive Program provides funding to GTOs for each person who is recruited, screened, inducted and referred to Partner Providers to undertake pre-apprenticeship training, with additional funding for apprenticeship completions. It aims to achieve over 800 commencements in pre-apprenticeship training across NSW and over 750 Apprenticeship Completions by 30 June 2020.

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 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.


Page last updated: 16 September 2021