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Smart and Skilled (NSW)

Smart & Skilled NSW


What is Smart and Skilled?

On 1 January 2015, the NSW Government introduced the Smart and Skilled training reform. This program equips you with the skills and knowledge you need to maximise your employment opportunities.

As an approved provider under the Smart and Skilled reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training system, Foundation Education is helping people gain the skills needed to secure work and advance their careers with a range of industry-specific qualifications.


Am I eligible?

To be eligible to apply for a Smart and Skilled course you must be:

  • living or working in NSW;
  • signed up in a full-time, part-time or school-based traineeship;
  • registered as a New Entrant Trainee. 


What courses are available?

Whether you’re looking to upskill for a promotion, change career paths or gain employment following high school graduation, there are a range of qualifications available to you under the Smart and Skilled program.

This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

See all subsidised courses by clicking here.


The Foundation Education difference

With a graduation rate more than double the industry average, and greater than 80% student satisfaction, Foundation Education is committed to ensuring you receive the best quality education.

When you enrol online with Foundation Education, you receive access to our flexible online learning management system, My eCampus, specially designed with students’ study journeys in mind.

By combining your online theory with hands-on experience, you graduate with vital skills and an advanced level of knowledge, leading to guaranteed success.


    What will I have to pay?

    This year, the NSW Government has fixed course fees, so regardless of what training provider you decide on, the course fee will remain the same.

    On average, the NSW Government will pay for 55-90% of the total cost of your course. To check your eligibility and receive an estimate course fee, visit the Smart and Skilled website.


    Wait! You’ll need your USI

    As part of the application process, you are required to obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI), if you do not already have one. Please visit the Australian Government’s USI website and follow the steps to create your USI.


    Additional information

    For more information regarding eligibility criteria, fee information, recognition of prior learning, deferring or continuing subsidised training, consumer protection information or support services, please read our Terms and Conditions.

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