Available Programs:

ACE Program

The ACE Program is designed to target Disadvantaged Students across NSW, and students in Regional and Remote Communities in NSW that experience significant barriers to training and employment. Where there are barriers to accessing Smart and Skilled Entitlement training, ACE funding can be used to provide intensive support to assist eligible students to overcome these barriers. The ACE Program is a pathway program to help students access further training under Smart and Skilled, get a job or advance their careers.


To be eligible for funding under the ACE Program you must be:

  • an Australian Citizen, New Zealand Citizen, permanent resident or humanitarian visa holder, and
  • aged 15 years or older
  • not at school*, and
  • living or working in NSW
  • have a USI or are willing to obtain

* special conditions apply to ACE program for young people still at school. Please contact the College for further information.

Barriers might include (but are not limited to) one of the following:

  • limited employability skills
  • ongoing personal issues impacting on educational achievement
  • financial limitations in accessing childcare, transport and/or respite care
  • low literacy, language, numeracy or computer skills.

Disadvantaged learners may include:

  • students who are Commonwealth welfare recipients and their dependants
  • people with a disability
  • long term unemployed
  • young people (15-17 years of age) who are at risk of not making a successful transition from school to further training or work
  • migrant/refugees who are unemployed or underemployed
  • people with other barriers to the Smart & Skilled entitlement program
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
  • people in regional and remote communities.

To find out more about ACE Program click HERE

Which Courses

This offer applies to a wide range of accredited courses offered by the College, delivered here in the region, plus we can individualise course programs to fit any need.

Should you require additional information or further support please contact our friendly staff for more information on

02 6628 5426

Smart and Skilled

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It’s helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.

Click HERE to find out more

From 1 January 2015, Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with:

  • An entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Certificate III
  • Government funding for higher-level courses (Certificate IV and above) in targeted priority areas.

North Coast Community College RTO 90029 offers a number of qualifications that are funded under the Smart and Skilled entitlement for eligible recipients. Please click HERE to find out more about Smart and Skilled.


Are you eligible for Smart and Skilled training?

Are you:

  • 15 years old or over?
  • no longer at school?
  • living or working in NSW?
  • an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen?
  • have a USI or are willing to obtain? 

If you answered ‘Yes’ to all four questions, then you’re eligible to enrol in a government-subsidised course with us. Click HERE for more information.

* special conditions apply to Smart and Skilled Programs for young people still at school. Please contact the College for further information.

For further information about the Smart and Skilled Program, or to speak with someone about your possible eligibility please contact our Customer Support team on 02 6628 5426