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 Services 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.

The AgSkilled training strategy is a $14.7 million investment by the NSW Government to support vocational training in the cotton and grains industries in rural and regional NSW.

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 GTO Pre-Apprenticeship and Pre-Traineeship Partnering Program aims to increase growth in apprenticeships and traineeships by improving the transition of young people 15-24 years old into pre-apprenticeship or pre-traineeship training.

Funding is available to Group Training Organisations (GTOs) for the recruiting, screening and for the referral of suitable applicants for pre-apprenticeship training with the view to employ participants on completion, where possible. Training by a Partner Provider will be via the Smart and Skilled pre-apprenticeship and pre-traineeship part qualifications program streams.

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 NSW Local Government Skills Strategy will provide NSW councils with an expanded skilled workforce by offering the training required to work effectively in the contemporary local government environment.

It will enhance regional training and employment opportunities by boosting apprentice and trainee numbers and offering a pre-employment program, as well as build the capacity of existing employees.

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 NSW Government has established the Regional Skills Relocation Grant to increase the availability of skilled and experienced workers for businesses setting up in, relocating to, or existing in regional NSW.

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.

Page last updated: 8 November 2018