Smart And Skilled Traineeships & Apprenticeships
What is Smart and Skilled Entitlement Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program?
New South Wales apprentices and New South Wales new-entrant trainees undertaking traineeships on the NSW Skills List are eligible to a government subsidy under this program for the qualification that supports their apprenticeship or traineeship.
Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:
- an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III
- government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.
Training Services NSW in the NSW Department of Industry, is responsible for Smart and Skilled and leads policy, planning, funding, regulation and advice on VET and employment in NSW.
ACCCO is a pre-qualified supplier approved by Training Services NSW to deliver publicly funded Apprenticeship and Traineeship training and assessment.
Employers taking on an Apprentice or Trainee
For employers, Australian Apprentices can bring new and valuable resources and skills into a business.Traineeships allow you to develop qualified loyal staff that are familiar with your company, your work environment, your standards, your equipment and your customers. There are plenty of benefits to employers that include the following:
- Qualified employees trained your way for your business
- Government funding assistance for the training of eligible apprentices and trainees
- Financial benefits for you including Commonwealth Government incentives
- Greater customer satisfaction through
- Greater customer satisfaction through well trained staff
What can I study with ACCCO?
To be eligible to receive funding under Smart and Skilled a participant must:
- 15 years old or over
- no longer at school
- living or working in NSW
- an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen
Previous qualifications do not affect eligibility, but may affect the student fee.
Please Note: Existing Workers in NSW are NOT eligible for Smart&Skilled funding - The Price will be the same as Fee-For-Service. For more information, view Smart and Skilled apprenticeship and traineeship qualifications.
Eligibility Criteria for School Based Apprentice
An Australian school based apprentice (ASBA) must:
Cost to the Participant
Apprentices, eligible new-entrant trainees and their employers can choose an approved Smart and Skilled training provider that best meets their needs. Their choice of training provider does not affect the fee that is paid. The fee they pay is the same regardless of which approved Smart and Skilled training provider they choose.
Rather than paying yearly or by semester, apprentices and trainees under Smart and Skilled pay a fee for the qualification. 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.
||Number of Units
||Student Contribution Fee
|Certificate II in Community Services
|Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care
|Certificate III in Education Support
|Certificate IV in Education Support
|Certificate IV in School Age Education and Care
|Diploma of Early Childhood Education and Care
|Diploma of School Age Education and Care
Please note: Course fees include all resources and materials. Students who do not meet the eligibility criteria for Smart and Skilled Funding, fees will be calculated at the Fee-For-Service rates > Click Here <
Am I eligible for Concession?
For students who are eligible for a Concession Fee the flat fee set for each Qualification level is $160 for the Cert II and $240 for the Cert III and IV, there are no concessions for the Diploma and Advanced Diploma. A student who receives a specified Commonwealth benefit or allowance or a student who is a dependant of a person receiving a specified Commonwealth benefit or allowance. Eligibility criteria applies, please contact ACCCO for further information.
For students who are eligible for a Fee Exemption, the amount of the Fee is $0. Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people (incl. interstate NSW border areas), Student with disability, Long term Unemployed, Fee-Free Scholarships, Student living in “NSW Social Housing”. Eligibility criteria applies, please contact ACCCO for further information.
The NSW Government's Reskilling NSW initiative includes the creation of Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships. Fee-Free Scholarships cover the course fee for eligible people who are undertaking a Smart and Skilled course up to Certificate IV level.
Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships are available for:
- young people who are eligible for a Smart and Skilled concession fee
- young people who are or have been in out-of-home care
- people who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence and their dependants.
For more information, go to fee-free scholarships.
Where an eligible student is granted a credit transfer or recognition of prior learning (RPL) for one or more units of competency, the qualification price will be adjusted and a new student fee determined.
RPL is an assessment only process for experienced workers who are seeking formal recognition of their existing skills and knowledge. Read more
We have the following payment schemes available to help you pay for your qualification:
- Less than $200: no payment plans available (full upfront payment is required)
- $200 to $600: $50/month
- $600 to $1600: $100/month
Please contact our enrolments team on 1300 139 406 to discuss payment options applicable to you.
How to Apply
Find an employer willing to take you on as a Trainee or Apprentice.
Trainee commences employment with employer.
Choose an Apprenticeship Network Provider that will complete a training contract, assist in the selection of an appropriate qualification for the business and nominate a RTO to deliver the training. The training contract may commence on the same day that employment commences or may commence at a later date.
Negotiate and sign a training plan with the approved RTO selected to provide the training for the Australian Apprentice.
Organise and continuously take part in the workplace component of the structured training for the Australian Apprentice through to completion of the qualification. This ensures assessment and validation of competence in the workplace.
Our Apprenticeship Coordinators are more than happy to help you with any questions you may have. For more information please visit Traineeships & Apprenticeships or download a flyer. Smart and Skilled Flyer, School-based Traineeship Flyer.
Contact us now and we'll get you started...
Phone: Free call 1300 139 406