Step safely into construction with PPE

Free construction boots and hard hats are available to eligible NSW JobTrainer construction students through participating Smart and Skilled providers.

The Step Safely into Construction program provides free Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) packs for eligible students enrolled in part qualification construction training under NSW JobTrainer – Construction. This program has been extended to 31 December 2022. Smart and Skilled approved providers who offer this program can assist with PPE applications.

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If you want to work in the general and civil construction industry, PPE is essential. Free construction boots and hard hats are available to eligible NSW JobTrainer construction students through participating Smart and Skilled providers.

PPE is an essential requirement for students who wish to participate in training in face to face delivery and assessment in some units of competency across the general and civil construction industry.

In some instances, the Commonwealth Government’s jobactive program subsidies the cost of PPE for unemployed students. For those students not eligible for Commonwealth support, they may experience financial hardship purchasing PPE, buy sub-standard equipment or may be unable to participate in training at all due to the expensive cost of PPE.

The NSW Department of Education aims to remove this barrier by providing free PPE packs to eligible NSW JobTrainer - Construction students to assist with onsite training and assessment requirements. It also helps you be job ready for the industry.

What does the PPE pack consist of?

The PPE pack consists of a pair of wheat coloured, ankle length, steel capped, lace-up construction boots and a white hard hat.

Both items comply with Australian Safety Standards.

Who is eligible to receive a PPE pack?

Students must:

  • be enrolled in a NSW JobTrainer – Construction part qualification that requires face to face delivery of training/assessment on a construction site and require the PPE for training and assessment of construction trade related qualifications from the following training packages only:
    • Resources and Infrastructure Industry (RII), Construction, Plumbing and Services (CPC), Electrotechnology (UEE), Manufacturing and Engineering (MEM)
    • Construction related Transport and Logistics (TLI) high risk license units of competency

AND be in one of the following eligibility categories:

  • a young person aged 16-24 at the commencement of training, including school students or
  • an unemployed person or
  • a person who is a recipient of a Commonwealth Government welfare benefit recipient (and their dependents)*.

* Exclusions apply – students must not be in receipt of jobactive financial assistance for PPE or an existing worker in the construction industry.

How do students access PPE packs?

The NSW Department of Education has arranged for PPE packs to be provided to training providers for eligible students.

If you’re interested you should discuss your claim directly with your training provider, prior to face to face training delivery, to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria.

You can get a PPE student eligibility declaration form from your training provider. Once completed, you need to return the form to your training provider, prior to training delivery.

To be eligible for the free PPE, you need to confirm on the eligibility declaration form that you:

  • do not already own appropriate construction boots and a hard hat and;
  • are not eligible for financial assistance from jobactive (or other government assistance) to cover the costs of their PPE.

What happens once a student returns the eligibility declaration form to his/her training provider?

Sit back and relax. Your training provider will take care of the rest.

Once the application for the free PPE pack has been reviewed and if approved*, the PPE pack will be shipped directly to providers for distribution to students at the commencement of training.

*The NSW Department of Education will support the allocation of free PPE packs at its discretion based on the units of competency being completed by the student and industry safety requirements.

When will eligible students receive their free PPE pack?

From the date a provider submits the order to the NSW Department of Education, it will take at least ten working days for providers to receive PPE packs.

Can this initiative be applied retrospectively for students who have already completed a NSW JobTrainer – Construction part qualification?

No – PPE packs are only available for students who are about to commence training/assessment. PPE packs cannot be supplied to students who have partially completed or completed their training. Applications for PPE can be submitted until 30 November 2022.

Can this initiative be applied for students commencing business administration/leadership skills training for the construction industry?

No – PPE packs are only for students who will commence face to face delivery/assessment of units of competency from RII, CPC, UEE, MEM training packages and construction related TLI high risk license units of competency (see eligibility criteria).

When do orders for free PPE packs need to be submitted?

Free PPE packs can be ordered by providers until 30 November 2022.

To find out more information please contact:

1. your registered training provider

2. the Skilling for Recovery – Construction team at

  • Skills NSW
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