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Free training changing lives

National Skills Week (29 Aug – 4 Sept) shines the spotlight on the immense benefits associated with Vocational Education. Minister for Skills John Barilaro celebrated by revealing that over 28,000 people in NSW have now taken up fee free vocational training.

Implemented just over a year ago, the NSW Government’s $48 million Fee Free Scholarship program helps students receive vocational training for their first job or retrain for a new one.

Since the fee free initiative was launched back in July 2015 over 28,000 people (including 17,000 women) have taken the opportunity to choose from more than 590 qualifications at a range of levels. The funding also includes support for apprenticeships and traineeships giving those in the program the confidence to know they can upskill without paying a cent in course fees.

Minister for Skills John Barilaro said he was extremely pleased the program has had such a positive impact on so many people’s lives:

“The NSW Government created Fee Free Scholarships to give people in our community who have a number of challenges to overcome – young people, those in out-of-home care, in social housing, surviving domestic violence or those with a disability – free access to vocational training.”

The Fee Free program was implemented to ensure everyone in our community has the chance to get the training they need to get a job and join in economic prosperity.

With an additional 200,000 free training places over the next four years, our state MPs are encouraging local residents who may be dealing with challenging circumstances to consider fee free training as a pathway towards positive changes in their life and career outcomes.

Students with enquiries about Fee Free Scholarship eligibility for 2017 can contact Training Services NSW Customer Support Centre on 1300 772 104, email or visit

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