Subsidised Training Under NSW Smart and Skilled

What is Smart and Skilled?

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system. It’s helping people get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.

Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with an entitlement to government-subsidised training.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

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What is Smart and Skilled - Skilling for Recovery?

Skilling for Recovery is part of a matched funding commitment between the NSW and Australian governments under the JobTrainer Fund. Skilling for Recovery is a key component of the State’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

Under the Smart and Skilled initiative, various subsidised training courses will be offered in 2022. Each of these has distinct goals and qualifying restrictions. We advise NSW employers to evaluate the specifics of each initiative listed below to see whether any of these schemes are a good fit for their company or employees.


SCHEDULE 1 OF FUNDING: Skilling for Recovery - Part Qualifications - Construction

This scheme's funded training must lead to employment in the construction industry, which includes infrastructure, civil construction, general construction, maintenance, residential building, commercial building, demolition, asbestos removal, mining, manufacturing, energy, transportation, water, and utilities.

Funded places under this scheme are available for eligible:
  • Youth aged 16-24
  • Jobseekers
  • Existing workers in construction
  • Veterans
Existing workers in construction - Existing worker applications must be industry-led and address the following specified criteria:
  • NSW Government and Infrastructure Skills Legacy projects
  • Commonwealth Government Projects
  • Local Government Infrastructure projects
  • Regional and Metropolitan projects
  • Allowing existing workers to make a more informed decision about undertaking a full qualification
  • Allowing existing workers to transition and/or gain new employment

Skill Sets Available

This Smart and Skilled support program is based on clustered skill sets recognized by the construction industry. Commonly categorized skill sets can be found here.

Other skill sets might be offered as well. We welcome employers to discuss their training needs with Westbourne College so that we can determine whether subsidised training options are available.

Eligibility

Workers must satisfy the following requirements in order to be authorised for a supported position:
  • Live or work in New South Wales
  • At least 15 years old
  • No longer enrolled in secondary education.
  • An Australian citizen, a permanent Australian resident, a New Zealand citizen, or the holder of a humanitarian visa.
Applications for existing construction employees must include supporting documentation from the employer that this training will result in entry level vacancies at the lower skill level.

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We strongly encourage NSW employers to get in contact with Westbourne College to find out more on how we can help!

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SCHEDULE 2 OF FUNDING: Skilling for Recovery - Part Qualifications - Youth & Redeployment

The 'Part Qualifications - Redeployment and Youth' initiative aims to give funded training spaces to help young people find employment and jobseekers reskill and retrain. It will also help to redeploy workers to industries in which there are skill deficits and new job possibilities.

Funded places under this scheme are available for eligible:
  • Youth aged 16-24
  • Unemployed
  • Veterans
  • Individuals undertaking study in Aged Care, Childcare, Disability Care, Digital Skills or Training and Assessment (TAE) qualifications
  • A person expected to become unemployed e.g.
    • Stood down/Furloughed employee
    • Person who has been employed for 6 months or less
    • Low skilled/unskilled employee
    • Workers in declining industries

Skill Sets Available

 Commonly categorized skill sets can be found here.

Other skill sets might be offered as well. We welcome employers to discuss their training needs with Westbourne College so that we can determine whether subsidised training options are available.

Eligibility

Learners must satisfy the following requirements in order to be authorised for a supported position:
  • Live or work in New South Wales
  • At least 15 years old
  • No longer enrolled in secondary education. 
  • An Australian citizen, a permanent Australian resident, a New Zealand citizen, or the holder of a humanitarian visa.

Apply Now

We strongly encourage NSW employers to get in contact with Westbourne College to find out more on how we can help!

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Application Process

Westbourne College will work directly with interested organisations to assess training requirements, desired skill sets, and individual worker eligibility. After this is completed, Westbourne will submit an application to Smart and Skilled for approval (Smart and Skilled have a minimum 21 day timeframe for this approval). Once permission is obtained, we will begin the training enrolment process. Enrollment start and finish dates must fulfil contract compliance standards in order to be financed.

Personal Information

For all approved Smart and Skilled qualifications, Westbourne College Pty Ltd requires your approval to share your Personal Information with the Department of Education and Communities (the Department), which may also be shared with other Australian government agencies. You will be asked to submit a consent form for the Department of Education and Communities and other government agencies to use and disclose your personal information.