Training for apprentices and trainees


Government funding is available for the formal training component of apprenticeships and most traineeships. Under Smart and Skilled, all apprenticeship and most traineeship qualifications are subsidised. Training for existing-worker trainees is not subsidised.

Under Smart and Skilled, NSW apprentices and new-entrant trainees or their employers pay a fee for the qualification rather than paying yearly or by semester. They may still pay in instalments over a number of years, but the fee is an amount for the qualification, fixed at the time the apprentice or trainee commences.

As an employer, you may be required to pay the fee for your apprentice's qualification, depending on the relevant industrial award.

Under the NSW Government fee-free apprenticeship initiative, NSW apprentices that commence their training on or after 1 July 2018 may be eligible for fee free training. For more information, go to For eligible apprentices there will be no requirement to pay the fee.

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For a complete list of apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications in NSW, including those not funded under Smart and Skilled, go to the Apprenticeship and traineeship training program search on the Training Services NSW website.

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Page last updated: 18 June 2018