Funding NSW

Smart and Skilled Funding (NSW)

Smart and Skilled’s ‘Skilling for Recovery’ initiative is part of a matched funding commitment of almost $320 million 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. It includes 100,000 fee-free full and part qualification training places to reskill, retrain and redeploy the workforce to industries where there are skills shortages and emerging employment opportunities. Skilling for Recovery will help job seekers retrain or upskill to enhance their credentials and support school leavers to enter the workforce for the first time.

Skilling for Recovery – Priority Part Qualifications

The Program is designed to enable industry and training organisations to respond rapidly to changing economic conditions and to skills needs. It aims to improve the capability of workers, those moving into work and those seeking to retrain with a particular focus on helping people to develop the skills they need to:

  • Get a job
  • Make a more informed decision about undertaking a full qualification
  • Transition and/or gain new employment
  • Remain in employment and reduce the risk of redundancy
  • Upskill into new processes or technology to maintain employment
  • Gain more work hours and/or experience.

The program is particularly targeted at industries:

  • Impacted by changed economic conditions as a result of the pandemic
  • Undergoing economic structural change that need to retrain or upskill workers to changing markets or to remain viable
  • Emerging industries (identified locally or on a state-wide basis, such as automation)
  • That create new jobs or permanent employment, or support growth in a local or regional economy
  • Industries that are experiencing skill shortages
  • Where cross-skilling existing staff can build business capability (making NSW a more robust economy),
  • Noted in each regional NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet Regional Economic Development Strategy (REDS) document (Regional Economic Development Strategy)
  • Associated with NSW Government priority projects.


At this time, Smart and Skilled funding is organised between the employer, and Pinnacle Safety and Training as the RTO. Individuals may be eligible if they satisfy the following four criteria:

  • Live or work in NSW
  • Are Australian citizens, permanent Australian residents or New Zealand citizens or a humanitarian visa holders
  • Are aged 15 years or older
  • Are no longer in secondary education.

Funded Short Courses available

  • Work Safely at Heights
  • Confined Space Entry
  • EWP Under 11m (Scissor lift)
  • EWP Over 11m (High Risk Licence)
  • Remove Non-Friable Asbestos
  • Low Voltage Rescue and CPR
  • Provide First Aid
  • Breathing Apparatus
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Safely Access The Rail Corridor
  • White Card (Prepare to work safely in the construction industry)

How to Apply?

Pinnacle Safety and Training will work directly with interested employers to identify training needs, skillsets required and eligibility of individual staff members. Once this is undertaken, Pinnacle will make an application to Smart and Skilled for approval (Smart and Skilled have a minimum 21 day timeframe for this approval). Once approval is granted, we begin the enrolment process for the training which will need to be completed before the end of the contract date (at this point in time 30 June 2022). Applications close 31 December 2021.

Find out more, or register your interest

We invite NSW employers to get in contact here.

I found the course was delivered well and the entire process was pretty smooth.

Antonio C. - Inverell, NSW

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