Funding NSW

Smart and Skilled Funding (NSW)

‘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 NSW’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan. It includes part qualification training places for young people to enter the workforce and for jobseekers to reskill and retrain. It will also assist to upskill the construction workforce for emerging employment opportunities.

In 2022, there are several funded training schemes available under the Smart and Skilled initiative. Each of these have differing objectives and eligibility requirements. We encourage NSW employers to review the details of each scheme below to determine if any of these schemes align with their business or workers.

FUNDING SCHEME 1: Skilling for Recovery - Part Qualifications - Construction

Funded training as part of this scheme must lead to employment in the construction industry including, infrastructure, civil construction, general construction, maintenance, residential building, commercial building, demolition, asbestos removal, mining, manufacturing, energy, transport, 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 - Applications for existing workers need to be industry-led and meet the following targeted priorities:

  • 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

Funded Short Courses available

This Smart and Skilled funding program targets clustered skill sets identified by the construction industry. Commonly grouped skill sets include:

  • Work Safely at Heights and Confined Spaces
  • Work Safely at Heights, Confined Spaces and EWP over 11m
  • Forklift and White Card (Construction Induction)
  • EWP under 11m and Work Safely at Heights
  • Remove Non-Friable Asbestos and White Card
  • Remove Friable and Non Friable Asbestos
  • Low Voltage Rescue and CPR
  • Provide First Aid and White Card (Construction Induction)
  • Confined Spaces, Gas Test Atmospheres, Issue Work Permits
  • Safely Access The Rail Corridor

Other skill sets may be available. We invite employers to discuss training requirements with the Pinnacle team to allow us to identify whether funded training opportunities exist.

Scheme 1 Eligibility

At this time, Smart and Skilled funding for existing workers in construction is organised between the employer and Pinnacle Safety and Training as the RTO. In order to be approved for a funded place, workers must meet the following 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.

Applications that are submitted for existing workers in construction must include supporting evidence from the employer that this training will create entry level vacancies at the lower skill level.

Apply now - find out more, or register your interest

We invite NSW employers to get in contact here.




FUNDING SCHEME 2: Skilling for Recovery - Part Qualifications - Redeployment and Youth

The objective of the ‘Part Qualifications - Redeployment and Youth’ scheme is to provide funded training places to assist young people to enter the workforce and for jobseekers to reskill and retrain. It will also assist to redeploy the workforce to industries where there are skills shortages and emerging employment opportunities.

Funded places under this scheme are available for eligible:

  • Veterans
  • Youth 16-24
  • Unemployed
  • 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

Scheme 2 Eligibility

  • 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

  • Enterprise Trainer and Assessor Skill set

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. To be funded, enrollment commencement and end dates must meet the contract compliance requirements.

  • All enrolments must occur no later than 31st Dec 2022
  • Part qualifications must commence no later than the 31st Dec 2022
  • All training must be completed by June 30th 2023

Apply now - find out more, or register your interest

We invite NSW employers to get in contact here.

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