Student Funding Opportunities

Student Funding Opportunities

Smart and Skilled

This is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training system. It’s helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers! Under Smart and Skilled the NSW Government contributes to the cost of each course with the student paying the balance. You may be eligible for Smart and Skilled Funding 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, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.

For more on the Program visit the Smart and Skilled website.

Undertaking training can help rebuild someone’s life and get them back into the workforce. People who are experiencing or have experienced domestic and family violence and/or their dependant(s) may be eligible for free training that is funded by the NSW government under the Smart and Skilled initiative. Contact us on 02 4348 4300 to find out more.

Community Service Obligation

The CSO Program is an Adult and Community Education provider Program, which is funded under Smart and Skilled. It is provided by the NSW Government to assist learners who need extra support or assistance with their education. Eligibility is limited to disadvantaged students who:

  • Identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, or
  • have a disability or a dependent child, spouse or partner of a person with a disability, or
  • are a Commonwealth Government Welfare Recipient or a dependent child, spouse or partner of a Commonwealth Government Welfare Recipient, or
  • are experiencing significant hardship as verified by a government agency, medical professional or support agency.

To access the CSO subsidy, these students will have:

  • Very low literacy, language and numeracy levels, or
  • limited employability skills, or
  • persistent and ongoing personal issues which impact on their education, or
  • a significant educational disadvantage impacting on their ability to succeed.

Our Life Skills Workshops are popular courses funded under the CSO Program.

Tech Savvy for Small Business

The Tech Savvy for Small Business Program will deliver targeted short workshops for small business owners and employees of small businesses who want to better understand how to use the latest technology to improve their business operations.

To be eligible for subsided training under this Program you must: be:

  • Be an owner or employee of a small business with less than 20 employees, or
  • turn over less than $2 million annually.

This funding is subsidised by the NSW State Government.

For more information on any of the above funding opportunities, email info@cccc.nsw.edu.au or call 02 4348 4300.