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The Benefits of Continuing Training of Existing Employees

Employers in New South Wales are very aware that if they are to meet the challenges of

  • rapidly changing technology
  • increasing regulation and compliance
  • maintaining productivity
  • an ageing  workforce

they will only be successful if their employees are trained and skilled to perform effectively in the workplace. Both the Commonwealth and NSW Governments are also aware of these impacts on industry and the need for continuing training of existing employees and have available assistance to those employers who request it.

The first step in the process is identifying what skills training is needed by existing employees so that they can cope with evolving technology, successfully work with regulations, multi skill to minimise the impact of an ageing workforce and maintain workplace productivity to secure the financial viability of their organisation.

The following two NSW Government links will assist with the initial step in the process.

Managing your workforce training development

Training information


Government initiatives to support continuing workforce education

There are a number of current initiatives developed by the Commonwealth and NSW governments to assist employers who have identified the need to commence a program of skills training for existing employees. 


Existing worker traineeships (Australian Apprenticeships)

These are administered as per Australian Apprenticeships see (Benefits of Employing an Australian Apprentice). Existing worker traineeships normally commence at Certificate IV.

Traineeships in Business Services in NSW.


Strategic Skills Program (SSP)

This program is administered by the NSW Government and   caters for eligible existing workers to undertake training in full or part vocational qualifications. For more information click here.


National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF)

This program is funded by the Commonwealth Government and administered by Skills Councils in the case of Financial and Insurance Services it is Innovation and Business Skills Australia. For an overview of the NWDF click here and to gain access to very comprehensive NWDF brochure ‘Skilling Your Business’ click here.