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Young people encouraged to enrol in free vocational education and training places

Applications for 200,000 free vocational education and training places open today under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled fee-free scholarship program.

The Minister for Skills and Member for Monaro John Barilaro said this is one of many actions the NSW Government is taking to address youth unemployment and create a productive local economy.

“The NSW Government is providing 200,000 free training places over the next four years to help young people gain the skills and qualifications they need to secure a job”, said Mr Barilaro.

“Applications for fee-free scholarships opened on 1 July for young people, aged 15 to 30, who receive benefits such as a Newstart Allowance or a Youth Allowance.

“The program will allow 200,000 disadvantaged young people to go to TAFE or other vocational education and training providers with paying a single cent in student fees, with priority given to residents of social housing.

“We are investing in training and supporting those in our community who can benefit most from gaining a qualification. By expanding opportunities for free training under Smart and Skilled, we’re making it easier for people to gain the skills that are in demand and providing our local employers with the skilled workers they need.”

People who meet Smart and Skilled Fee-Free Scholarship eligibility criteria can choose from more than 580 qualifications from Certificate I to Certificate IV level, including Apprenticeships and Traineeships, and will be able complete their training without paying a student fee.

In the Monaro more than 116 contracted training providers including TAFE NSW Institutes and private and community training organisations are able to provide fee-free training under Smart and Skilled. 

“Eligible students can choose the Smart and Skilled course and approved training provider that best meets their needs”, said Mr Barilaro.

“Up to 50,000 young people will receive free training each year, with priority given to NSW Social Housing residents and those on the waiting list for social housing.”

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