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State Training Services announced today that a $54.3 million initiative will make traineeship training fee free to help improve access to traineeships.

The NSW Department of Education will pay the student fee on behalf of trainees who fit the eligibility requirements below.
The fee will be paid directly to the approved Smart and Skilled training provider.
The trainee or their employer will not be required to pay the fee.

Eligible trainees can access up to three fee free training places over the life of the initiative.
Access to fee free training is available to trainees, including school-based trainees, whose training:

  • is funded under the NSW Government’s Smart and Skilled program, and
  • commences on or after 1 January 2020

Details on eligibility criteria can be found on vet.nsw.gov.au/fee-free-traineeships