Fee free traineeships from 1 January 2020 The NSW Government has expanded its support for trainees and apprentices by waiving the $1000 Smart and Skilled co-contribution fee for traineeships. The subsidy will cover the cost of the training (i.e. the qualification price). Fee free training will be available to commencing trainees from 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2023. Trainees will be eligible for up to three fee free traineeships over the duration of the initiative.