Can I apply for funding for my employees?

Employers can access Smart and Skilled funding as a cost effective way to train employees and develop their workforce.  

What is Smart and Skilled funding?

Smart and Skilled is a Government funded training grant program that provides people living or working in NSW with access to government subsidised competency- based training courses in a range of courses and qualifications. 

As an approved Smart and Skilled training provider Forsythes Training can help individuals and employers to take advantage of Government funding to develop the skills needed to boost productivity, performance and for career advancement.

How does Smart and Skilled work for employers?

NSW employers and workers can choose from a wide range of Government subsidised courses delivered by approved training providers such as Forsythes Training. There is also targeted funding available for higher-level training and part qualifications in priority industries.

For employers of people with disabilities or Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders there may be additional fee exemptions or concessions.

For the first time a single set of fees will apply to government-subsidised courses regardless of which approved provider delivers the training course.  

All apprenticeship qualifications and most traineeship qualifications for trainees who are new entrants are subsidised under Smart and Skilled.

Smart and Skilled works for employers in regional NSW too because approved training providers such as Forsythes Training receive a top up to the subsidy (called a loading) for training delivered in regional and remote locations.

How does Smart and Skilled work for apprentices and trainees?

All apprenticeship qualifications and most traineeship qualifications for trainees who are new entrants are subsidised under Smart and Skilled.

Currently Forsythes Training is providing Smart and Skilled training for trainees in business and business administration.

  • BSB40215 Certificate IV in Business – also available as Traineeships
  • BSB40515 Certificate IV in Business Administration – also available as Traineeships
  • BSB30115 Certificate III in Business – Traineeships only
  • BSB30415 Certificate III in Business Administration – Traineeships only

What Smart and Skilled training is funded for employers?

There are a wide range of courses funded under Smart and Skilled based on the Government’s identified Skills List.

Forsythes Training is currently offering Smart and Skilled funded qualifications and partial qualifications/skill sets in: Leadership and Management; Project Management; Training and Assessment Education (TAE); Work Health and Safety; Business; and Business Administration.

How to apply for Smart and Skilled funding

Forsythes Training can assist you or your business or organisation with enrolment and the paperwork. 

To apply for NSW Smart and Skilled funding with Forsythes Training simply complete the Pre-Enrolment Form and we’ll be in touch.

To complete the form you’ll need a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Everyone undertaking nationally-recognised vocational training in Australia needs a USI. It enables students to access their training records and results. If you don’t have one you can get one easily by going to the Australian Government’s USI website.

You’ll also need to upload or provide a proof of identity/residency documents such as your passport, citizenship certificate, drivers licence or Medicare card as well as complete a form to consent to the use and disclosure of personal information.

More information about Smart and Skilled

To find out more information about how to use NSW Smart and Skilled funding to meet your training needs please call our expert team on 02 4058 2869 or email