Skills development for the building and construction industry
Are you an employer in the construction industry? If so, Smart and Skilled funding may be available to skill and upskill eligible students, workers and jobseekers across NSW. Smart and Skilled funding may also assist with pre-employment programs to meet your employment needs.
How can increasing skills assist the construction industry?
Skilling the building and construction industry is critical to building skills and capacity to address skills shortages and ensure a skilled construction workforce for future NSW infrastructure projects. It will also support construction contractors working on NSW Government infrastructure projects to achieve training and diversity targets for the Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program.
Smart and Skilled is managed by Training Services NSW.
Benefits of training to employers include:
- eligible staff gaining a qualification
- training meets your specific needs
- improved productivity and staff performance
- creates a better working environment through your investment in staff skills development
- less supervision required as your eligible staff are more skilled
- opportunity to create pre-employment programs for new workers for your business
- preparing new entrants for roles working in construction.
Training should be led and co-designed by industry and lead to sustainable employment outcomes and meet targeted priority projects, such as NSW Government and Infrastructure Skills Legacy projects across NSW.
Training includes short courses tailored for all areas of building and construction and full qualifications for industry sectors such as:
- general, residential and commercial building
- construction maintenance
- the construction supply chain including pre-manufacturing and fabrication, and transport and logistics
- civil construction/resources/mining.
Get training started
First, work out what type of training your staff need, if you’re not sure the Infrastructure Skills and Diversity (ISD) team can assist by:
- assessing training and upskilling needs of eligible staff
- working with eligible staff to identify their needs. For example, do they need specialist or technical training, communication and leadership skills?
- considering courses that meet your workforce planning needs
- discussing this further with our ISD team
- working with an approved Smart and Skilled approved provider to schedule staff training.