The Skilling for Recovery program is supporting vocational training and skills development across NSW.

The priority is to support the State’s economic recovery by providing the skills businesses need to sustain our economic development. The goal is to prepare for the jobs of the future through a resilient and stronger workforce.

The program offers fee-free and low fee 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.

Training is available for new staff who meet the eligibility criteria and existing staff who are at risk of unemployment and require retraining in order to secure ongoing employment.

If an employer is interested in recruiting new people for their workforce or wanting to upskill their existing workforce they may be eligible for fee-free training through Skilling for Recovery.

People undertaking training must meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria and fit into at least one of the categories below:

  • A young person aged 17-24 at the commencement of training, regardless of employment status, including Year 12 school leavers
  • Commonwealth Government welfare benefit recipients
  • An unemployed person
  • An employed person who is expected to become unemployed (e.g. companies in declining industries, people whose employment is conditional on immediately undertaking work relevant training, workers who have been stood down or furloughed).

Eligible participants will also need to be:

  • Living in NSW or working in NSW
  • Be an Australian or New Zealand citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder
  • No longer at school.

NOTE: Not all qualifications are eligible under the Skilling for Recovery Program


Smart and Skilled Part qualifications that are available/on offer by MDS Training

  • SG00005406 Statement of Attainment Leadership and Management
  • SG00005567 Statement of Attainment in Cultural Diversity
  • SG00007500 Statement of Attainment in Community Services #1
  • SG00007907 Statement of Attainment in Community Services #3
  • SG00008115 Statement of Attainment in Individual Support #3
  • SG00007742 Statement of Attainment in Empowering People with a Disability
  • CHCSS00098 Individual Support – Disability Skill Set
  • CHCSS00081 Introduction to Disability
  • CHCC00103 Mental Health Peer Work Skill Set


Smart and Skilled Part full qualifications that are available/on offer by MDS Training

  • BSB40520 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management
  • CHC33015 Certificate III Individual Support
  • CHC42015 Certificate IV Community Services
  • CHC43115 Certificate IV in Disability
  • CHC43515 Certificate IV in Mental Health Peer Work

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