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Funding your training

Your business may be eligible for government support to help you improve your workers' skills.

A range of Commonwealth and NSW initiatives offer training incentives to small businesses and industry sectors. Other programs are designed to boost employment or address skill shortages.

Our consultants can work with you to identify programs relevant to you, and help you obtain funding from them.

Outside the big cities

To ensure better access to training in rural and regional areas, the Australian Government is offering pilot funding under the National Skills Shortages Strategy.

Each program works with local industry, education providers and communities to:

  • Profile existing and potential industries in a region
  • Identify skills and training needs
  • Engage relevant industry and training bodies
  • Devise strategies that could be used in other regions

Our business consultants can advise you whether you're eligible, and help you apply for funding.

Workforce diversity

Your business may be able to take advantage of the many government programs set up to help different groups into work. We can advise you about these.

For Indigenous Australians:

  • Community Development Program – if you employ Indigenous Australians you may be eligible for Wage Assistance
  • Corporate Leaders for Indigenous Employment Project – you may benefit from a flexible package of funding by using elements of the Australian Government's Indigenous Employment Program
  • Structured Training and Employment Project – you may receive incentives ranging from $4,000-$7,700
  • Australian Employment Covenant (AEC) – aims to secure 50,000 full-time employment opportunities nationwide for Indigenous Australians. For more information contact the AEC Hotline on 1300 346 325

For potential employees there are work experience programs – these can help you determine how a potential employee will operate at your workplace.

For people with a disability there is the Supported Wage System (SWS) – The Australian Government's SWS program allows you to pay a wage that corresponds to what the employee's work is worth to you. The Government also contributes to their income.

Our business consultants can advise you about any of these workforce diversity programs, and help you to apply for funding.

Strategic Skills Program

The Strategic Skills Program addresses skill shortages in key NSW industries. It funds part-qualification training which will develop skills that are in demand.

Our business consultants can advise you how the program works, whether you're eligible, and help you apply for funding.

Workplace English Language and Literacy (WELL)

If your staff could benefit from English language, literacy and numeracy training, WELL may be what you need.

We can help you apply for WELL funding and can deliver training at your workplace or one of our campuses.

Other programs

Other programs that fund training include:

  • Corporate Partners for Change – Collaboration between government, industry, unions and communities to place people in work
  • Green Small Business Incentives – Promoting sustainability in small businesses
  • Energy Efficiency Training for Trades and Professionals Program – Increasing energy efficiency in the workforce
  • Skills Enhancement Program – Improving skills in priority industries and for priority groups
  • Existing staff traineeship programs – Training at Certificate III and higher for existing staff

Find out more

TAFE NSW business consultants can help you identify your training needs, direct you to appropriate funding programs, and assist with funding applications.