NSW JobTrainer - Construction

Fee-free training available now

The NSW and Australian Governments have committed $40.5 million to the NSW JobTrainer construction initiative. The initiative will support 35,000 part qualification training places for people skilling for jobs in the construction industry.

This initiative is critical to supporting the skill development required for the state’s infrastructure investment of $107 billion over the next four years. It will also support construction contractors to achieve training targets for the Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program.

This initiative covers local, state and Australian Government infrastructure projects, as well as commercial, civil and residential construction.

Parramatta Light Rail project workers
Parramatta Light Rail project workers

What training is available?

Training is available for short courses that can be tailored for all areas of the building and construction industry including:

  • civil construction
  • construction maintenance
  • general, residential and commercial building
  • demolition and asbestos removal
  • the construction supply chain including pre-manufacturing and fabrication, and transport and logistics.

Job specific training can include:

  • traffic control and the suite of traffic units
  • asbestos removal and supervision
  • using explosive power tools
  • demolition
  • plant operator training
  • soft skill training including communication in the workplace, measuring and calculating quantities or construction supervision and project management.

What are the benefits of training?

  • Eligible staff gain a qualification
  • Training meets your specific needs
  • Improved productivity and staff performance
  • Creates a better working environment by investing in eligible staff to learn new skills
  • Less supervision required as your eligible staff are more skilled.

Who is eligible?

Training is available for new staff (in the first six months of employment) who meet the eligibility criteria and existing staff who are at risk of unemployment and require retraining in order to secure ongoing employment.

People undertaking training must meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and fit into at least one of the categories below:

  • unemployed
  • aged 16-24 – can be an existing worker
  • Commonwealth Benefit recipient
  • people at risk of becoming unemployed.

What are the steps for identifying suitable fee-free training offered under NSW JobTrainer?

  • assess the training and/or upskilling requirements of eligible staff
  • work collaboratively with staff to identify their training needs e.g. specialist/technical training, additional high risk licences, communication and leadership skills
  • review the full range of general and civil construction full or part qualification courses available under NSW JobTrainer initiative
  • contact your preferred training provider or your local skills broker who will connect you to a suitable training provider
  • work with the training provider to identify and schedule suitable training for your staff.

Can I design my own training?

You can work with a training provider to design training tailored to the specific needs of your staff and your workplace.Short courses can comprise of a variety of units across a number of areas including:

  • construction e.g. dogging and rigging, manual handling, white card, working safely at heights
  • business and administration e.g. communication, customer service, computer skills
  • leadership and supervision e.g. leading team effectiveness, managing people
  • high risk including traffic control e.g. fork lift, asbestos removal, demolition.

How to access training?

Fee-free training is available now until 31 December 2021. To find out more information please contact:

  • your local Smart and Skilled approved training provider
  • your local Training Services NSW office on 13 28 11
  • NSW JobTrainer – Construction team at SFR-Construction@det.nsw.edu.au.

SafeWork - high risk licencing training

A number of Smart and Skilled Registered Training Organisations (RTO) are approved under SafeWork NSW to deliver training in various regions across the state. Go to SafeWork NSW approved Smart and Skilled providers for more information.


Page last updated: 5 November 2021