NSW JobTrainer

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

We are partnering with industry, vocational education and training providers, and the Australian Government to make vocational training and skills development across NSW easier and more accessible. Our priority is to support the State’s economic recovery by providing the skills businesses need to sustain our economic development. Our goal is to prepare for the jobs of the future through a resilient and stronger workforce.

JobTrainer offers fee-free 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.

JobTrainer is a $640 million program funded by the NSW Government and Australian Government over three years to support NSW citizens through this difficult employment and economic environment. Over 200,000 vocational training places relevant to jobs of the future are being funded in NSW as part of the program, with enrolment extended for 12 months from 31 December 2021 to 31 December 2022.

The NSW JobTrainer program provides enhanced opportunities for targeting specific in-demand industries such as childcare, disability care and construction, in addition to aged care and digital skills. Through extending eligibility for this training to include currently employed workers, the NSW Government aims to improve the skills base of these industries while also creating new entry-level vacancies.

Bespoke state, regional and localised services are being provided to enable the program to be easily accessed by eligible people in need of vocational skills and training development support.

As of December 2021, over 157,000 people have taken advantage of the fee free training places available in NSW under JobTrainer. This program will continue to support the growth of the skills pipeline in NSW in line with emerging trends in our community into 2022.

Explore the initiatives

  • NSW JobTrainer provides fee-free training courses for young people, job seekers and school leavers to gain skills in Australia's growing industries.
  • Skills brokers – localised assistance across NSW to help retrain or upskill your staff or to find trained staff to fill roles with specific skill requirements.
  • Workforce development – supports large employers and investors in NSW in developing and implementing customised workforce development strategies.
  • Construction industry initiatives – supports construction contractors to build workforce capability and capacity by providing fee-free part qualifications to address current and future skills shortages.
  • Funded qualifications – full and part qualifications are available to support young people and job seekers find rewarding employment across target industries, as well as support to help people who need to retrain or up-skill to stay in work.
  • Summer skills - range of short-term and fee-free skills courses available for young people aged 16-24 who have left school.

Eligibility criteria

As of December 2021, the eligibility criteria for the JobTrainer program has recently been expanded to provide enhanced opportunities for targeting specific in-demand industries such as childcare and disability care, in addition to aged care and digital skills.

People undertaking fee-free training must continue to meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and fit into at least one of the following target cohorts:

  • Job seekers including individuals who are unemployed; individuals who are in receipt of income support payments; individuals expected to become unemployed*
  • Young people (including school leavers)  aged 16-24, regardless of employment status
  • NSW veterans and their recognised partners or spouses
  • Aged care, childcare and disability care : employed people (existing workers) are able to access fee-free training in specific full and part qualifications in aged care, childcare or disability care
  • Digital skills: employed people (existing workers) are able to enrol in fee-free training in digital skills full or part qualifications.
  • Training and Assessment (TAE) workforce: employed people (existing workers) are able to access fee-free training in TAE full or part qualifications.

*NOTE: Students enrolling in a construction-related part qualification who fall under the category of “an employed person who is expected to become unemployed” are not eligible to access fee-free training under this program unless currently employed in the construction sector.


Page last updated: 22 December 2021