Free Business Skills Training

Published on 23 April 2018

Small businesses and their staff now have access to free business skills training in a $30 million NSW government initiative to help small businesses grow and thrive.

The new Skills for Business program means local companies and their staff can undertake free TAFE NSW qualifications in subjects including digital and financial literacy, cybersecurity and general business management.

Skills for Business brings together TAFE NSW and other NSW government business support services including Business Connect, to give small business owners and their staff a chance to undertake fully subsidised training in courses including financial planning, taxation, risk management, legal decisions, using spreadsheets, social media tools, website creation and maintenance, creating an e-business, and cybersecurity.

The free TAFE courses will be delivered online, with a face-to-face component, to allow small businesses to learn when it suits them best, with live tutorials also on offer.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills and Small Business John Barilaro said small businesses represent almost 98 per cent of all NSW businesses, employing about 1.56 million people – almost half the state’s workforce.

“Our economy is now the strongest in the nation, and as a government we want to be doing everything we can to support small business owners – the very people who take on great risks, to create job opportunities for others,” Mr Barilaro said.

“This isn’t just about investing in the future of our small businesses, it’s about investing in people – the skills, careers and wellbeing of the men and women who run businesses, and work in them.

“We need a workforce that will continue to underpin NSW as the nation’s leading economy, and the strongest workforce is one that’s continually learning, upskilling, and keeping up to date with new technologies.

“As a former small business owner and I know first-hand how hard it can be to keep a business afloat, and that is why we are funding the Skills for Business program, to give small businesses the very best chance of success.”

Assistant Minister for Skills Adam Marshall said the TAFE NSW training would be open to all small to medium sized businesses operating within NSW with up to 199 employees, but priority will be given to businesses with fewer than 19 employees.

“Businesses and employees throughout NSW can access the training from anywhere, 24/7, via TAFE Digital, including live tutorials with trainers and fellow participants,” he said.

“Skills for Business will allow small business owners and employees to gain valuable financial and digital literacy skills, as well as business management skills, which will be vital when faced with real-life business challenges.”

Gilgandra Shire Council Economic Development Manager, Randall Medd said this is a great opportunity for Gilgandra Shire business to undertake training in an area of need for business and the wider community.

“In the past, Council has run these type of workshops and it is very difficult to get presenters and also fit in with the busy schedules of our local businesses. This model give flexibility to people wanting to undertake the courses and also being free is great for local small business.”

“If any local business is unsure how to access the information on the program, I would be happy to assist them.”

For more information visit:, contact Council on 6817 8800, email or visit in person at Council’s main office on Warren Road.

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Contact:       Randall Medd

                    Economic Development Manager

                    Phone: 02 6817 8800