Get the skills you need for civilian life
Learn new skills and qualifications which will compliment your ADF skills and attributes to help you find the right job and have a rewarding civilian life.
*Training is fully funded by the NSW and Commonwealth Governments.
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Want to learn more about the Veterans Skills Program? Or explore what government subsidised full and part qualification courses are on offer and in what industry? This video explains how you can compare courses offered across regions, training providers and delivery modes and outlines the steps taken to enrol in a course.
Are you a veteran or a partner of a veteran and want new skills to support your career?
The Veterans Skills Page has access to the right training and course for you.
Nationally accredited, fee-free, full OR part qualifications are available to a veteran of the ADF or partner of a veteran who lives or works in NSW.
A full qualification takes up to two years to complete for Certificate level up to an Advanced Diploma.
You can start with a short or part qualification course offering new skill sets and a license to fast track your career. Later, you can complete full quals if you want.
To choose a course for full quals simply scroll up the page to the Skills Navigator Tool and search.
Say you want to do a course in Project Management and you live in Wagga Wagga.
Select how close to home you want to search.
The results from your search will reveal how many courses and providers there are.
It’s important to know that results having an orange highlight and the words “Job Trainer” means it’s fee-free. Any other result will require a low fee which you will have to pay.
Notice how one result says “qualification” and one says “traineeship’. Make sure you choose only “qualification”.
Now click the drop down at the end to see all the results.
You can filter searches down even further. For instance, by student satisfaction…
…or course completion.
When you’ve found the course and provider you want, choose “provider details” for contact information.
Make sure you let them know you’re a veteran or a partner of a veteran so you can get the fee-free training.
You also can check your eligibility here. It will take you to a short series of questions and your answers will determine if you’re eligible or not.
How about short courses?
These can be good if you’ve done some training in the ADF but haven’t quite finished it off. Or you want to add to your skill set.
So let’s scroll down here…and select the industry you’re interested in.
Then you can filter down further…
…by region if you want.
It’s easy to take the next step in your career journey.
Visit the Veterans Skills Program Website now.
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Job ready skills
Training is employer driven so you learn skills for specific jobs and industries
Support and training
Training helps you return to civilian life (you may need a formal qualification to compliment your experience, and training provides support and services for vets who need it)
Training for partners
Fee-free training also offered to any partners of veterans to recognise the sacrifices they have made in supporting their partners
Example salaries across trade industries
Example data taken from www.payscale.com at 11:00 am on 21.04.21. Salaries are indicative examples only.
People undertaking government subsidised training must be a:
- NSW veteran* or their recognised partner or spouse
- living or working in NSW
- an Australian citizen, permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.
*In NSW, veterans are all ex-serving personnel who served at least one day in the Australian Defence Force, including:
- people are experienced operational deployments and peacekeeping missions
- people who served in peacetime.
After leaving the Air Force in 2011, Mel Risby decided to try a new career in real estate. She chose a Certificate IV in Real Estate through TAFE NSW for its qualifications, flexibility and industry specific skills.
A VET pathway was the starting point to my successful career progression from Real Estate Agent to now being a Business Development Manager for a national Construction and Property Development company.