Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Community College
Smart and Skilled is a NSW Government initiative that helps people get training in in-demand skills and industries, up to a Certificate IV.
As a Smart and Skilled provider, our students in nationally accredited priority courses will have access to the new NSW Government initiative NSW FEE FREE during 2023. This means that eligible Smart and Skilled students will be able to study a full qualification without attracting a student contribution. Eligible students can also apply for funding under the Adult Community Education and Tech Savvy Small Business Programs, both of which fund training in individual units. You can find out more about available funding and the eligibility criteria on our website.
To be eligible for NSW Government subsidised training under Smart and Skilled , individuals must answer Yes to all five questions below.
The ACE Program aims to promote access and increase vocational education and training outcomes for those who experience significant barriers to training and employment. It is designed to target disadvantaged students, and students in regional and remote communities in NSW. It provides funding towards training up to and including Certificate III level.
The ACE Program also offers support to small business owners and their staff by providing fully subsidised accredited and non-accredited training in targeted courses in information technology, business services or foundation skills. This category is referred to as Tech Savvy Small Business (TSB).
Further information on the program can be found here.
For students to be eligible under the ACE Program, they must be eligible for Smart & Skilled funding, and the ACE Provider must then assess if the student falls into one of two categories: (a) Disadvantaged Student7 OR (b) Regional or Remote Student8, AND is experiencing one of the listed barriers to participation9 in table below.
The student must be eligible for Smart & Skilled funding and be:
Note: If under 18 years of age at the time of giving consent, then the consent of their guardian is required