traineeship program

There’s never been a better time to start a traineeship in NSW. Under the NSW Government Fee-Free Traineeship initiative, NSW trainees that commence their traineeship qualification on or after 1 January 2020 may be eligible for fee free training.

As a new-entrant trainee*, you are eligible to a government subsidy for your traineeship qualification, even if you already have a Certificate IV or higher qualification.

Suitable for Individual and Corporation

Government-Subsidised Training

On-the-Job & Formal Training

Upskill Employees 

Am I Eligible?

Fee-Free traineeships are available for NSW New Entrant trainees* and have commenced your Smart and Skilled traineeship training after 1 January 2020. To be eligible for Smart and Skilled training, students 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
  • Employees of any age with less than three months full-time service with the current employer or twelve months part-time service.
Employer Benefit

Did you know, you may be eligible for a range of financial incentives available from the Australian Government when you take on an eligible Australian New Entrant Trainee?

  • $4,000 per trainee in Standard Incentives;
  • NSW Payroll tax rebates;

NB. These incentives can change from time to time and eligibility criteria apply in order to receive them. For more information, please visit www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/employer-incentives

how it works

For more information about NSW Smart and Skilled and this program, please visit website https://smartandskilled.nsw.gov.au/home and https://vet.nsw.gov.au/choosing-vet/fee-free-traineeships

STEP 1 - Check Your Eligibility

To be eligible for Fee-Free Traineeship Program, employees must be:

  • an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.
  • 15 years or older and have left school.
  • living or working in NSW.
  • Employees of any age with less than three months full-time service with the current employer or twelve months part-time service.

STEP 2 - Training Contract

Apprenticeship Network Provider (ANP) will conduct a pre-assessment check with proposed trainees. The employer and proposed trainees then complete and sign the Training Contract with the assistance of ANP. The ANP submit applications to Training Services NSW for approval.

STEP 3 - After Approval

Once the application is approved by the Training Services NSW, Living Planit will develop a full Training Plan in consultation with the employer and trainee and provide them with a copy.

STEP 4 - Training Delivery and Ongoing

Living Planit will schedule and commence formal training. Employers should check regularly with Living Planit to make sure that the trainee is attending training and is making satisfactory progress towards achieving their qualification. Employers must ensure that the trainee receives the work-based training by providing appropriate supervision and all necessary facilities, resources and opportunities to acquire the skills of the vocation.

STEP 5 - Completion

Traineeships generally take around 1-3 years to complete. Once the trainee has been notified that they have completed their formal training with Living Planit, the employer will consider whether the trainee has met the industry standard. If yes, the parties then have the option of applying for Competency-based Completion of the traineeship before the nominal term.

eligibility check form

*This is not a guarentee of your eligibility. Your Smart and Skilled eligibility will be confirmed during the enrolment process. For more information about Living Planit privacy police please visit https://livingplanit.com.au/privacy-policy/

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