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What is VET and what are the benefits?

Vocational Education and Training (VET) offers workplace skills, technical knowledge and qualifications for rewarding careers.

How to enrol

What you need to know to get started and steps to enrol in a course

Getting started

Before you enrol in a course, there are some basic things you should know.

Unique Student Identifier

You'll need a USI to do a nationally-recognised vocational education and training (VET) course in Australia.

Find a course

There are a variety of tools you can use to find the right course to suit you.

Recognition of prior learning

If you already know some of the content in a course, you may not have to do those subjects again.

How much will your course cost

Through the Smart and Skilled program, the NSW Government will subsidise some of the cost of your training.

Low cost and free training options

Explore your options for low cost and fee free training

Are you eligible for subsidised training?

Smart and Skilled provides government-subsidised training in quality courses to help you get skills to find a job and advance your career.

Fee Free Apprenticeships

Apprenticeships are a proven pathway to well-paid jobs in a diverse range of careers. In NSW, they're fee free – meaning no upfront training costs.

Fee Free Traineeships

Traineeships are a proven pathway to well-paid jobs in a diverse range of careers. In NSW, traineeships are also fee free.

Pre-apprenticeships and pre-traineeships

Access fee-free introductory units that'll give you a taste of a full apprenticeship or traineeship.

Fee-free training for disadvantaged students

Find out if you are eligible for fee exemptions when you enrol in Smart and Skilled training.

Fee-free scholarships

The NSW Government's Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarships mean that students can get training to get the skills they need to get the job they want and their course fees will be covered.

VET student loans

VET Student Loans help eligible vocational education and training (VET) students cover the cost of their fees for selected approved courses with an approved training provider.

JobTrainer

JobTrainer NSW is an initiative of the Commonwealth and State Governments that gives young people, job seekers and school leavers the opportunity to upskill for jobs in demand.

Regional VET Pathways Initiative

The Government's regional VET Pathways initiative supports 15-19 year olds not in study or in a job to find pathways into education, training and work.

Refugees and asylum seekers

Initiatives designed to support refugees to gain skilled employment through fee-free training.

Subsidised training for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Eligible Aboriginal students are entitled to fee-free government subsidised training via Smart and Skilled NSW.

Support to help with your studies

The benefits of finishing your training course greatly outweigh the difficulties you might face.

Why you should complete your course

Sometimes studying can be hard, however, the benefits for finishing your course greatly outweigh any difficulties you might face.

Smart and Skilled Consumer protection

Smart and Skilled Consumer protection

Balancing your work-study life

Juggling work, study and a social/family life is challenging. but with a little planning and self-discipline, you can do your best.

Your physical and mental health

There are many things you can do to look after yourself.

When you have finished your studies

Employers hold qualified workers in high regard. They know you have the right technical skills because you've completed a program designed by industry experts.

What to do after graduating

Write down your long-term goals. There's plenty you can do right now to make your CV even more attractive to future employers.

Careers NSW

Careers NSW is being established to provide career guidance to NSW residents at any stage of their career.

Skills match

Your professional skills are transferrable. Use Job Outlook's career tool to match your existing skills to a new industry.

Course Seeker

Lets you find and compare higher education and university courses, with information on ATAR, prerequisites and enrolment information.

Getting back on track

Here are some options when things aren't going well and you need to get back on track.

My job has been affected by COVID

Information for jobseekers who may have lost their job during COVID and want to skill up or change careers.

Retrenched Workers Assistance

Training Services NSW can help retrenched workers and those affected by company downsizing.

Financial assistance

You may be eligible for a range of State and Commonwealth Government financial assistance to help you stay in your apprenticeship or traineeship.

Skills brokers

Skills brokers are located across NSW to help upskill displaced workers or people at risk of unemployment into job creating industries.

Are you eligible for subsidised training?

Smart and Skilled provides government-subsidised training in quality courses to help you get skills to find a job and advance your career.

JobTrainer

NSW JobTrainer provides fee-free* training courses for young people, job seekers and school leavers to gain skills in Australia's growing industries.

Careers NSW

Careers NSW is being established to provide career guidance to NSW residents at any stage of their career

I am still at school, what is available?

High school students in Years 10, 11 and 12 can enrol in school-based apprenticeships and traineeships (SBATs) while at school.

LifeLauncher

Helps you get started by doing quizzes, exploring over 5,000 course and career options, organise research and get the right amount of information.

NSW Student Learner Profile

The new NSW Student Learner Profile will be a young person’s passport to future education and employment.

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