What is JobTrainer NSW?
JobTrainer is a government funding program offering fee-free training for full and part-time qualifications and support to find the right training.
If you meet the eligibility criteria, the government will pay your training provider’s student tuition fees on your enrolment.
JobTrainer was created to support Australians, particularly young people and unemployed people, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since it began, JobTrainer has been made available to a broader range of people hoping to retrain or upskill, particularly in fields with high demand for skills.
The NSW government partners with the Commonwealth Government to run the NSW JobTrainer program. While the JobTrainer fund operates across Australia, eligibility and other conditions in each state and territory. The fund also supports and complements other state funding initiatives.
Courses in New South Wales
JobTrainer Courses in New South Wales
What courses does JobTrainer subsidise?
JobTrainer offers a wide choice of short courses (skill sets), full qualifications, apprenticeships, and traineeships in areas where there is high need for skills and strong employment growth.
Growth areas include:
• Aged care
• Disability care and services
• Early childhood education
• Community services
• Digital skills
JobTrainer courses are available at TAFE NSW, authorised Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) and community colleges. Contact the provider first to verify your eligibility and to check if they have open training places.
Find the full list of JobTrainer courses at: www.myskills.gov.au/jobtrainer
Am I eligible for JobTrainer?
To qualify for free courses, you must first meet the eligibility criteria for Smart and Skilled, which includes:
• Living or working in NSW
• Aged 15 years or older
• No longer at school
Either an Australian citizen, permanent resident, New Zealand citizen or humanitarian visa holder
(There are some exceptions to this, including for First Nations people)
Then, you must be at least one of the following:
• Young person aged 16-24 (including school leavers, regardless of employment status)
• Job seeker — meaning that you’re either:
• Receiving income support payments
• Expected to become unemployed
• NSW veteran or their recognised partner
• Looking to enrol in specific qualifications in aged care, disability services, child care or digital skills, or Training and Assessment (even if you’re an employed person)
To find out if you qualify to enrol in a course through JobTrainer, enquire about the course. The training provider will check your eligibility and see if there are any open training spots when you speak with them.
Others Government Funding Schemes in New South Wales
Smart and Skilled
Smart and Skilled NSW is an exceptional funding program designed to assist eligible NSW students by providing subsidies for a wide range of courses. This program specifically focuses on helping you obtain your first qualification after completing school, giving you a head start in your career.Learn More
Skills Checkpoint is a government initiative that assists Australians over 40 in retraining and upskilling so they can advance their professions or find new jobs.Learn More
How long will JobTrainer last for?
At least until March 2024, JobTrainer should be running. The Australian Government announced in March 2022 that it would increase its two-year investment in the JobTrainer Fund to $48.5 million, subject to state matching funds, as part of the 2022–23 Budget.
Will JobTrainer be extended?
In 2022, JobTrainer was extended for two more years.
How many courses can you do with JobTrainer?
Under JobTrainer, students can take one course.