NSW Smart and Skilled


Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It’s helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.

Link to the NSW Smart and Skilled Website

(NSW JobTrainer/Skilling for Recovery)

JobTrainer offers fee-free training options to boost skills with full and part qualification course options, as well as personalised support to assist people navigating the skills and training opportunities available in NSW.

Skilling for Recovery is a NSW Government program to provide fee-free full and part qualification training places to reskill, retrain and redeploy the workforce to industries where there are skills shortages and emerging employment opportunities. Skilling for Recovery will help job seekers retrain or up-skill to enhance their credentials and support school leavers to enter the workforce for the first time.

 Training under JobTrainer is fee-free and fully funded by the NSW and Commonwealth governments.


Am I Eligible?

You are eligible If you are:
– 15 years old or over, and
– No longer at school, and
– Living or working in NSW (or an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person living in specific NSW border areas), and
– An Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen
– A NSW apprentice or trainee
You may be eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised course with an approved Smart and Skilled training provider.

To be considered for fee-free training, you must also meet one of the following categories:

  • A Veteran
  • Veteran’s Recognised Partner (includes Spouse, Recognised De-facto or Ex-Spouse/Recognised De-facto)
  • A person aged 16 to 24 at commencement of training, regardless of employment status, including Year 12 School leavers
  • A person who is a recipient of a Commonwealth Government welfare benefit (and their dependants)
  • An unemployed person
  • An existing worker currently working in the construction industry (additional requirements may apply)
  • A person who is currently employed undertaking a specified full or part qualification in the following areas (additional may requirements apply):


  1. Aged care
  2. Digital skills
  3. Disability care
  4. Childcare
  5. Training and Education (TAE)
  • An employed person who is ‘expected to become unemployed’ who falls into one of the following four categories:


  1. Stood down/furloughed employee (employee that has been stood down or an employee that is at risk of becoming unemployed and requires upskilling or reskilling for a new role and employment elsewhere)
  2. Person who has been employed for 6 months or less (employed on condition of receiving training to build capacity and capability for the job role. This would be within the first 6 months of employment)
  3. Low skilled/unskilled employee (existing employee, with or without relevant skills or previous qualification up to Certificate III, that requires training to upskill to secure ongoing employment or future employment)
  4. Workers in declining industries (workers at any company in an agreed declining industry (e.g. international travel industry) who required upskilling/reskilling for redeployment)

Linked 2 is offering the following qualification under NSW JobTrainer/Skilling for Recovery:

* This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

Before you enrol

The following documents give you further important information about your study Linked 2 under Skilling for Recovery (part of the NSW Smart & Skilled program) including privacy, consumer protection information, deferral or discontinuance of training, students’ rights and obligations, access to support and assistance and contact details for various support services.

– Student Handbook
– Rights and Responsibilities
– Job prospects etc
– Evidence of eligibility and student declaration
– Am I Eligible for a NSW Security Licence?

Notification of Enrolment Process

Enrolment Process for NSW Smart and Skilled Funded Courses (including Notification of Enrolment Process)

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1. Find a course or unit you would like to study
2. Check your eligibility for fee-free training

Click here to check your eligibility: Smart and Skilled website

3. Read the Linked 2 Student Handbook
4 . Advise Linked 2 whether you have special/specific needs or any other circumstances that may affect your learning
5. Complete the Eligibility for Funding Questionnaire (Linked 2 will verify your eligibility for fee-free training under the Skilling for Recovery initiative)
6. Apply for your Unique Student Identifier

The process of getting a USI:

  • Have a valid form of ID
  • Go to the USI Registry System
  • Agree to the terms and conditions
  • Select Create USI.
  • Select your evidence of identity document (see the types of ID you can use).
  • Enter your personal details exactly as they appear on your form of ID.
  • If the name you use for business or official purposes is not the name on your form of ID, you can choose to enter this in the preferred name field.
  • Enter your contact details, including at least two contact methods.
  • Confirm your identity. The USI Registry System will check and confirm your identity using the ‘Documentation Verification Service’ (DVS).
  • Secure your account with a USI password and check questions.

Click here to Apply or Find your Unique Student Identifier

7. Enrolment with Linked 2
A. Confirm your eligibility by providing the required documentation
D. Linked 2 will notify the student of any Third Party arrangements

At present, Linked 2 has no Third Party Arrangements

E. Sign the Smart and Skilled Consent form
F. Sign the Student Declaration
G. Linked 2 completes and issues a Notification of Enrolment process through the NSW Government State Training Services website (STS Online), obtains a Commitment ID and confirms the fee payable and notifies the student.
H. Undertake the Language, Literacy and Numeracy assessment

Your Linked 2 Assessor will arrange this with you

8. Commence training