Upskilling small businesses in NSW

Get fully-subsidised skills training for your small business, helping your staff to tackle common challenges.

Knowing that small businesses are critical to the NSW economy, the NSW Government has partnered with TAFE NSW to deliver the Skills for Business initiative, and together they will provide your small businesses with the skills and training you need to grow and succeed for the future.

Included in the NSW Small Business Strategy is a $30 million investment to provide fully subsidised skills training for small businesses operating in NSW. This investment will help enable your business to be better prepared for the digital future, will help you become even more competitive and will ultimately create more jobs for the people of NSW. 

The Skills for Business initiative allows all NSW based businesses, with 199 employees or fewer, access to fully-subsidised skills training in the areas of digital literacy, financial literacy and general business management. While the initiative is open to all small businesses operating within NSW, priority will be given to businesses with fewer than 19 employees.

Accessing Skills for Business training
To access Skills for Business training, you must:

  • be a full-time employee or owner of a registered business in NSW or a business trading in NSW
  • be no longer at school
  • be living or working in NSW, and
  • be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder, or New Zealand citizen; and have fewer than 200 employees. Priority will be given to businesses with fewer than 19 employees

There are more than 710,000 small businesses in NSW that drive the state's economy. Small business employs around 1.56 million people - almost half the state's workforce, which generates $47 billion in annual wages and salaries. The most common challenges faced by the small and entrepreneurial business community, are digital awareness, financial literacy, taxation and access to capital.


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