Upskill for free if unable to work

The NSW Government has announced an additional 3,000 training places to up-skill at home during lockdown.

An extra 60 short courses are now on offer to study for free including business skills, mental health, marketing, finance and IT skill sets.

Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, Geoff Lee, said the courses were an expansion of the 10 free skill sets recently announced by TAFE NSW.

“We know there is great demand for training at the moment, which is why we have additional free courses and more training places so people can come out of lockdown with skills they can take with them into the workplace,” Lee said.

The free courses are available to anyone who is unable to work due to public health orders.

“We have specifically targeted those local government areas and suburbs in lockdown and are working with local communities and industry to understand what skills are in demand and where shortages exist,” Lee said.

Training will be funded through the JobTrainer program, which has already seen more than 120,000 people in NSW up-skill up since it was announced in October last year.

More information is available online at

Media release, Aug 22
NSW Minister for Skills and Tertiary Education, Geoff Lee