In partnership with the NSW Government’s Skilling for Recovery initiative, DATS are offering Fee-Free courses for eligible students in a bid to help individuals develop their skill-set for future employment in the construction industry.

What is Skilling for Recovery?

Skilling for Recovery (SfR) is part of a matched funding commitment of almost $320 million between the NSW and Australian governments under the JobTrainer Fund. SfR is a key component of the State’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan. It includes part qualification training places to reskill, retrain and redeploy the workforce to industries where there are skills shortages and emerging employment opportunities.

The program will provide access to fee-free training for eligible students who enrol in part qualifications no later than 30 September 2021 and commence training no later than 31 December 2021.

Am I eligible for Fee-Free Training?

To be eligible for fee-free training under Skilling for Recovery you need to:

  • live or work in NSW

  • be aged 15 years or older

  • have left school

  • be an Australian citizen, permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen.

You must also meet one of the following criteria.

  • Unemployed

  • Receiving Commonwealth Government benefits

  • 17 – 24 years of age (regardless of employment status)

  • At risk of unemployment (as specified by the Department)

What courses are available?

Available training includes nationally accredited short courses in:

  • White Card

  • Elevating Work Platform (under 11m)

  • Work safely at heights

  • Confined Spaces

  • Telehandler

  • Excavator

  • Skid Steer

  • Roller

  • Dogging

Please note: The above courses are available in certain locations only. Please refer to our Course Dates page for more information.

How do I register for a course?

To register your interest in any of the above mentioned courses please contact us on 02 6652 9946 or email

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If you have a group of people to do a particular course, please call us to discuss your needs.

This information is correct at the time of publishing; however, course dates are subject to change at any time. Dickens Assessment and Training services reserves the right to make any changes deemed necessary. Minimum course numbers apply – courses may be postponed if minimum numbers are not reached. Courses can be conducted for groups – please call us to discuss your needs. If you require a course in your area that is not listed, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate. * Conditions apply.