Smart and Skilled Funding

A smart way for individuals or employers to undertake training at reduced cost is to obtain funding subsidies through Government funded training programs such as NSW Smart and Skilled.

Forsythes Training has helped clients from sectors including mining, health, manufacturing, agriculture, defence and local government, to access part funding or full funding for their training in areas including leadership and management, project management, training and assessment, work health and safety, customer engagement and computer literacy.

Smart and Skilled funding is just not for individuals needing to gain a particular qualification or partial qualification. We help businesses and organisations to access Smart and Skilled funding to gain customised training in areas critical to their business success that align with the Government’s priority Skills Set list.

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.

Who is eligible for Smart and Skilled funding?

To be eligible for NSW Smart and Skilled funding you must be:

  • 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.

If you meet all four criteria then you’re eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised course with an approved Smart and Skilled training provider such as Forsythes Training.

Students with disabilities, students who receive Australian Government benefits or allowances and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students may qualify for additional fee exemptions or concessions.

Your eligibility for a government-subsidised Smart and Skilled course no longer depends on your previous qualifications. While previous qualifications do not affect eligibility, they may affect the student fee.

Courses available for Smart and Skilled funding

Forsythes Training is an approved NSW Smart and Skilled provider. It 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.

We have Smart and Skilled funding caps in NSW regions including:

  • Capital Region (ACT)
  • Central Coast
  • Central West
  • Hunter
  • Illawarra 
  • Newcastle and Lake Macquarie
  • Sydney

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.

Smart and Skilled case studies

These are just some of the organisations we have helped gain customised, Government subsidised training through Smart and Skilled and similar programs. Click on the links to read more about the training offered and benefits obtained by our clients.

WesTrac – fully subsidised, customised training in project management for key staff. The training gave staff some formal, accredited skill sets and additional practical tools to enhance their existing project management experience. 

Central Coast Council – fully subsidised, customised training for the newly created Council in project management, which is so vital for the organisation’s future success.

Large Public Sector Organisationa customised training program to introduce and prepare staff for the roles and responsibilities of supervision and team leadership. 

Namoi Cotton – a customised leadership and management training program through the NSW AgSkilled program.

Ampcontrol – a customised leadership capability program for the global electrical engineering company.

Komatsu – a customised project management training for the global powerhouse in manufacturing.

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