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TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government and Federal Government, offers a number of subsidised training programs.

Whether or not you’ve studied at TAFE NSW before, we encourage you to explore the courses available, such as the JobTrainer initiative, our Summer Skills Series, Mature Age Scholarships, Destination Australia Scholarships and Women in Business program, among many others.

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JobTrainer

JobTrainer will provide school leavers and job seekers with fee free* and low cost short and long courses to help develop new skills in sectors identified as growth areas for the economy. JobTrainer will help the economy rebound, ensuring the workforce is skills fit and job ready.

Places are limited, so register your interest today

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Summer Skills

Summer Skills is a fee free* short course program designed specifically for school leavers to support skill development over the summer months. Whether you plan to attend university, TAFE NSW, have a gap year or are still deciding what you would like to do, we have a course that can give you the skills for a brighter future.

Places are limited, so register your interest today

Mature Age Workers Scholarship

Mature Age Workers Scholarship

Are you 35 or older, looking for work and wanting to retrain or upgrade your skills?

We have a wide range of Certificate II, Certificate III and Certificate IV courses that can help you re-enter the workforce, or upskill for future employment opportunities. Our fee-free* Mature Age Workers Scholarship means you can get the training and support you need to bridge any skills gap.

Learn more about Mature Age Workers Scholarships

Women in Business

Women in Business

Learn from some of the best business women and female entrepreneurs in the country with the Women in Business program. Fully subsidised* and completely online, this program is perfect for women who want to establish their own business, or build on and expand their own existing operations. Hear inspiring and through-provoking interviews and lectures, as well as meet likeminded women as you learn everything you need to know to make your business grow.

Learn more about Women in Business

Destination Australia Scholarship

Discover the ‘real’ Australia as you live, study and work in a regional community with a Destination Australia Scholarship. Funded by the Commonwealth Government, each scholarship provides $15,000 per student, per year. Live, learn and earn as you enjoy the best that regional living has to offer. So make a tree change today, and see where a Destination Australia Scholarship could take you …

Learn more about Destination Australia Scholarship

The Foundation Skills for Your Future Program

The Foundation Skills for Your Future Program

Looking to enter the workforce, but not confident in your basic education skills? Want to give yourself the best possible chance in the HSC? Our Foundation Skills have been designed to give you the skills and knowledge you’ll need to transition easily to higher education, or enter the workforce. Build a solid foundation today.

Learn more about Foundation Skills

Fee-Free Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Fee-Free Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships combine work-based training with formal, class-based training. TAFE NSW is known for the gold standard apprenticeships and traineeships, with up-to-date courses and established industry connections offering apprentices and trainees the very best in both aspects of education and training. They're a great way to earn while you learn.

Learn more about Fee-Free Apprenticeships

Learn more about Fee-Free Traineeships

Bushfire Relief

Bushfire Relief

Supporting communities ravaged by the bushfires of 2019-2020, TAFE NSW, in conjunction with the NSW Government, is offering a range of fee-free* short courses tailored to providing the skills needed to help rebuild affected communities. Study courses in everything from how to deal with agricultural chemicals and chainsaw operations to providing essential first aid.

Learn more about Bushfire Relief

Eligibility

* To be eligible for a fully subsidised place you must:

  • Live or work in NSW
  • Be an Australian Citizen OR Permanent Resident OR New Zealand Citizen OR Humanitarian visa holder
  • Be over 17 years (people between 15 and 17 may be eligible and should contact us for more information)
  • Have left school or are registered for home schooling

You will also need:

Frequently Asked Questions

JobTrainer will provide training places to help school leavers and job seekers get fee free*and low cost short and long courses needed to develop new skills in sectors identified as growth areas for the economy. JobTrainer will help the economy rebound, ensuring the workforce is equipped with the skills needed to THIS LINE WILL FINISH BY TYING INTO THE CAMPAIGN THOUGHT.

JobTrainer is an initiative of the federal government, supported by the individual state governments. In a separate initiative, the federal government will invest $1.5 billion as wage subsidies for apprentices employed on or before 1 July 2020.

JobTrainer is the latest employment support initiative in the ‘Job’ series after JobSeeker, JobKeeper and JobMaker. It’s a government commitment offering free and low-cost courses, both short and long, to those left unemployed by the downturn in the economy. It also provides wage subsidies for apprentices. It’s projected to create up to 340,700 new positions to support school-leavers and job seekers to gain the skills they need to get a job.

JobTrainer will support free training courses from September 2020, with funding prioritising free training in areas the National Skills Commission has identified to as likely to see job growth, such as health care and social assistance, transport, warehousing, manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade.

Many of the courses are likely to be shorter courses, known as skills sets, which are parts of full qualifications.

The details are still being ironed out, but it’s likely the program will apply specifically to school-leavers looking to get their first jobs, as well as those on JobSeeker as they deal with an uncertain job market on the other side of the coronavirus pandemic.

The wage subsidies portion of the package will expand on the previous subsidy announcement to include medium businesses with fewer than 200 employees, and which employed (an) apprentice/s as of 1 July 2020.

For now, you can register your interest in a JobTrainer course here.

The details are still being finalised, but the initial indications are that funding will prioritise skill set training courses in areas the National Skills Commission has identified as likely to see job growth, such as health care and social assistance, transport, warehousing, manufacturing, retail and wholesale trade. JobTrainer will offer those interested pathways into full qualifications, allowing them to shift career focus and enter a new industry.

The JobTrainer courses are expected to become available in September: register your interest for any updates.

Online study offers you the same qualification and training outcomes, with the added convenience of studying and attending lectures and classes when it best suits you. You’ll still be able to watch lectures and participate in tutorials, as well as submit assignments and sit assessments just like an on-campus student – only online. You’ll also still have access to top class student support services, plus be involved in group discussions with classmates and teachers through virtual classrooms and discussion boards.

Yes, JobTrainer offers free courses courtesy of the Australian government, as well as the state government. This means you can study a short or long course for free – or at a heavily subsidised rate. JobTrainer will also provide wage subsidies for apprentices. It’s projected to create up to 340,700 new positions to support school-leavers struggling in an overcrowded job market, as well as job seekers looking to upskill to re-enter the workforce.