Aboriginal Initiatives

Are you an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person looking for an apprenticeship or traineeship or do you need help with your current training? We have a range of services and programs to help you.

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Barranggirra - Skilling for Employment Initiative

Barranggirra: Training Services NSW Aboriginal Skilling for Employment is a new initiative in 2021.

This initiative consolidates and replaces the long-standing The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People and New Careers for Aboriginal People programs to strengthen the end to end support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander learners. This includes improved post-training outcomes and building stronger links for Aboriginal people with current opportunities for employment and training flowing from broader department and government priorities for Aboriginal participation in the NSW workforce and in major projects.

Learn more at Barranggirra - Skilling for Employment Initiative

Career and business development

NSW Aboriginal Business Advisory Initiative

This initiative replaces the longstanding Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer (AEDO) program and has been refreshed to ensure the delivery of a commercially focused business advisory program that includes support for existing Aboriginal owned and operated businesses to grow and diversify their business.

The program will support Aboriginal owned businesses by

  • building capacity through greater connectivity to NSW Government Procurement
  • supporting business start-ups
  • encouraging business expansion
  • providing access to training and job creation.

Learn more at NSW Aboriginal Business Advisory Initiative

Fee-free training

Smart and Skilled

Eligible Aboriginal students are entitled to fee-free government subsidised training in priority skill areas with approved training providers. This training gives you the chance to gain the skills you need to get a job and advance your career.

Learn more about Smart and Skilled.

Local networks

OCHRE Opportunity Hubs

OCHRE Opportunity Hubs aim to provide Aboriginal young people with the confidence and knowledge to follow a supported pathway between school and further education and/or employment.

They support linkages between education and sustainable jobs for Aboriginal young people through partnerships with schools, coordination of local opportunities, mentoring and support and more.

Learn more at OCHRE Opportunity Hubs.

Who can I contact for more help?

Got a question about our initiatives and programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, including eligibility and how to get started?

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