Training Services NSW – Tamworth

Leads policy, planning, funding, regulation and advice on Vocational Education and Training and employment to support economic, regional and community development in the New England region .

Training Services NSW New England is part of the NSW Department of Industry. Staff work in liaison with the GNSDG Inc Committee to implement the communication of VET matters throughout the region.

The Office is located on Level 2, Noel Park House.  Marius Street, Tamworth.


Lead, design, and implement a world class vocational education and training system in New South Wales.


Lead skills development to improve workforce participation and productivity and support NSW economic growth.

Design programs and services to meet the employment and skill needs of individuals, employers, regions and communities.

Implement arrangements to ensure individuals and employers have access to high quality vocational education and training services.


1. Administer Traineeships and Apprenticeships in terms of the A and T Act 2001:

Facilitate the completion and lodgement of training contracts and incentive applications for Trainees, Apprentices, School Based Apprentices and School Based Trainees and Employers

Assess, approve and administer apprenticeships and traineeships

Monitor the quality of on-the-job training and the compliance of employers, apprentices and trainees with their contractual obligations under training contracts

Advise and assist employers, apprentices and trainees and provide a mediation and dispute resolution service

Issue apprenticeships and traineeship certificates on successful completion

2. Administer Smart and Skilled by managing Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) financial caps for workforce development and skills development throughout the New England region:

Funding focuses on training for existing workers and/or jobseekers in priority industries, skills shortages and innovative industries and where there are job opportunities.

Training options available from Certificate 1 level to Advanced Diploma Qualifications.

Funding is allocated through the following programs for 2018:

Smart and Skilled Targeted Priorities Prevocational and Part Qualification Program

Smart and Skilled Agskilled Strategy

Local Government Skills Strategy

Retrenched workers

For further information please contact Bede Maher – Training Services Manager Ph: 67633057.

3. Aboriginal Training Programs

Training Services NSW is committed to improving the vocational outcomes and wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people so that they excel and achieve in every aspect of their education and training.

In line with this policy Training Services NSW has created the Aboriginal Services unit to manage a number of programs. These focus on improving access to employment and creating business opportunities for ATSI people.

In referring to Aboriginal people, Training Services NSW refers inclusively to all Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islander people.

The Way Ahead for Aboriginal People which provides mentoring services for Aboriginal apprentices and trainees who need additional support in the workplace. Require an Aboriginal mentor, please Click Here

The Aboriginal Enterprise Development Officer Program trains suitable people to act as mentors and support for Aboriginal people who want to set up a business.

 New Careers for Aboriginal People is a program to help Aboriginal people find work or improve their current job situation.

The Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program uses a number strategies to skills and support Aboriginal people and create employment opportunities.

The Aboriginal Employment Unit is supporting workforce development initiatives with Industry in NSW.


For further information please contact Basil Penrith – the Aboriginal Training Co-ordinator at Training Services NSW on 67633056

Please phone the local New England Office on 67633055 for any information about Traineeships, Apprenticeships, Funded Programs, Aboriginal Services.


Updated as at 18 January 2018.