Government Funding Available for Training


Employees are your biggest asset! A good employee that is engaged and has a vested outcome in the business, is key to the growth and success of a business.

Training plays an important role in our business by further strengthening those skills that an employee needs to improve.

Why Train your staff?

How does training strengthen our business and why is it important? In an article written by LearnUpon they suggest several ways that training affects an employee and businesses.

Improves employee performance

Learning new skills increases an employee’s confidence and creates a sense of empowerment. It also gives employees a clear understanding of their role and responsibilities.

Increases engagement

Engaged employees have an increased level of productivity. By sharing ideas and communicating with your team your staff are well informed with what is going on in the business. They care about the outcome and share in the successes.

Improves employee retention and growth

Training boots a feeling of an employee’s value. Showing them that you are committed to providing them with the resources they need to improve their skills. In doing so you are also training future leaders. The next time you are in need of a new team leader, supervisor, or manager you don’t have to look too far, saving you both time and money.

Addresses internal weaknesses

A trainee had the advantage of learning from their peers and managers and vice versa, taking their learning back into the business. A trainee can identify weaknesses and help their peers improve their skills.

Delivers Happier customers

A better trained employee makes more productive and engaged team members, that services your customers better.

What courses are available?

Hardware Australia is investing in the future of our industry and together with TABMA Training developed an industry specific program designed to meet the needs of hardware. The Certificate III in Retail Hardware has three elective specialty areas, Hardware, Timber & Nursery.  

The program incorporates a range of flexible delivery methods (face to face, Zoom and elearning) that allow students to progress more rapidly if they choose to with the support and teaching accompanying. Online delivery also means that training doesn’t need to stop in the pandemic!

This varied approach is also designed to allow the program to be delivered into remote locations and stores utilising technology to enhance the learning experience and is available for your existing staff and their current skills and knowledge can be recognised and rewarded via recognition of Prior Learning.

TABMA Training also offers several qualifications including Leadership & Management and Warehousing. More information on these courses is available via our training page.

Government Funding Available 

We have been lucky to secure government funding in South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia to help with the cost to your business/employees. Detail on subsidies can be found below.

South Australia

We have been successful in securing 18 subsided places for existing and new working to complete a Certificate III in Retail hardware (SIR30216) and 2 places for a Certificate III in Warehouse Operations (TLI31616). Depending on their chosen specialty the course fees are as little as $750per student (for eligible students).

Karen Pitman from TABMA will be in contact over the next few weeks to discuss options available for your business.

New South Wales

Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW vocational education and training system. It’s helping people get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers. Smart and Skilled provides eligible students with an entitlement to government-subsidised training up to and including Advanced Diploma Level Qualifications.

New South Wales offers fee free training for eligible trainees, to navigate eligibility contact us.


The Department of Employment, Small Business, and Training (DESBT) has a number of training strategies designed to subsidise students in qualifications ranging from Certificate I to Certificate IV levels. These include:

  • Certificate 3 Guarantee – This Course is subsidised under the 2018-2019 Queensland VET Investment Plan administered by the Department of Employment, Small Business, and Training (DESBT).
  • Higher Level Skills.
  • Skilling Queenslander For Work (SQW).
  • User Choice

For further information and eligibility for funding contact us.

Western Australia

The courses are not funded but the state Government Employer Incentive Scheme mean you can receive up to $8,500 in wage subsidies.

For further information contact us.



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