Skilling Solutions for business and employers

The WA Recovery Plan is a unique stimulus opportunity for WA businesses that will create thousands of local and regional jobs in a range of industry sectors including construction, aged care and disability support, manufacturing, tourism and hospitality, renewable energy, education and training, agriculture, mining and conservation.

To help you take advantage of this opportunity, Jobs and Skills WA has a range of skilling solutions including training programs and financial incentives to position your business for success and give you a competitive edge when bidding for WA Government tenders.

Follow the links below to find out more.

Skilling solutions for employers and business.

Job Ready Connect — Exclusive access to skilled workers!

Looking for job ready employees who have the skills and experience you need? We can offer you exclusive access to graduates of the Job Ready programs!

Job Ready Connect enables you to find candidates who want to work in your industry — people who have completed one of our Job Ready programs, and have job ready skills as well as some practical hands on experience.

All you need to do is register your details, then you can start connecting with candidates who are the right fit for your business. It's that easy, and it's also completely free!   

 

 

Job Ready Connect.

Skilling Solutions: Building your workforce

Ready to position your business for success and get a competitive edge for WA State Government and commercial tenders? Through Jobs and Skills WA, you can access a range of skilling solutions including training programs and financial incentives to help you do just that! These include:

  • an accelerated apprenticeship pathway for experienced construction industry workers;
  • financial incentives and support measures to help you grow and develop your workforce;
  • assistance and support to hire apprentices and/or trainees;
  • new job ready training programs to establish a pipeline of skilled workers; and
  • a range of free and low-fee training options to upskill your team.

WA businesses are in a unique position to take advantage of new opportunities through the WA State Government's investment in projects and programs. But you'll need to be able to access skilled workers — not only to get the job done, but also to give you a competitive edge when bidding for major WA Government tenders by demonstrating a commitment to take on new employees — in particular; apprentices and trainees. 

Building your workforce will enable you to meet any training or entry level employment targets attached to Government tenders, and ensure you have the capability to meet contract requirements. It will also grow your capacity to take on new projects and jobs,  and position your business for success.

WA businesses are in a unique position to take advantage of new opportunities through the WA State Government's investment in projects and programs. And you'll need to be able to access skilled workers — not only to get the job done, but also to give you a competitive edge when bidding for major WA Government tenders by demonstrating a commitment to take on new employees — in particular; apprentices and trainees —  and position your business for success.

Construction Accelerated Apprenticeship Program

Do you have employees with skills, experience and knowledge from working in the construction industry, but no formal qualification? How would you like to get them trades qualified through an accelerated apprenticeship program, and be eligible for a range of financial incentives and support? 

The Construction Accelerated Apprenticeship Program (CAAP) offers your employees the opportunity to have their construction industry skills, knowledge and experience assessed and counted towards completion of a nationally recognised trades qualification.  Best of all, the CAAP assessment is 100% free for eligible applicants — that's right, no cost to you or your employee! 

People working in the construction industry

 CAAP — What's in it for you

As a construction industry employer, you could be eligible for a range of financial incentives and/or wage subsidies, including the following.
 

  • Construction Training Fund WA (CTF) grants of up to $25,000 over the full term of the apprenticeship
  • Australian Apprenticeship Incentive Program (AAIP) payments
  • 50% wage subsidy payments through the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement (BAC)
  • Additional supplementary incentives for employers in regional areas
  • Incentives for the employment of youth, mature aged persons, people with disability, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

Other benefits for your business include:

  • having employees who are fully trades qualified and trained in current industry practice, safety regulations, and quality standards; and
  • a competitive edge when you bid for major WA Government and commercial tenders through demonstrating your commitment to supporting training and apprentices.
     
Who is eligible for CAAP?

CAAP is open to anyone currently working in the construction industry who has construction industry skills, knowledge and experience — there are no age limits, but your employee must be a permanent resident of WA.  It is available through TAFE colleges in both metropolitan and regional WA for non-licensed construction trades including carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, bricklaying, tile laying, plastering, concreting, ceiling and wall fixing, sprinkler fitting, stonemasonry and signwriting.

How does CAAP work?

The first step is for your employee/s to apply through our online expression of interest form.

If the application is successful, the first stage of CAAP is the assessment. This is conducted in accordance with national industry standards. It looks at skills, knowledge and experience to see where the employee demonstrates competency to the standard required by the trades qualification. 

Following this assessment, options for the accelerated apprenticeship will be discussed with you and your employee. 

 

Employee applications for CAAP must be made via our Expression of Interest form, via the link below.  You can also download our information flyer, for details about the program.

Need more information?

If you have questions about CAAP, or would like further information, please call us on 08 6551 5049 or email CAAP@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Please note: CAAP is a pilot program, to be launched mid-2021.  

Job Ready programs — Your pipeline of skilled workers

Our new Job Ready programs are taking a unique approach to developing skilled workers. By combining targeted short course (skill set) training with a work placement component of up to one week, participants are ‘job ready’ to enter the workforce and transition into an apprenticeship or traineeship.

To ensure that participants are suited to the industry area, they are screened using an industry-developed tool before commencing the program,

How you can benefit

Be a work placement host employer
As an industry employer you have an opportunity to host the work placement component of the Job Ready programs, giving you insight into a participant's skills and suitability for future employment. This is also a great way of contributing to the skills development of program participants. 

Hire job ready program participants
We encourage employers who have employment opportunities to hire Job Ready participants who have successfully completed the program. You can be confident that your new employee will be job ready, and have skills and knowledge to enter your workforce. You may also be eligible to access financial incentives and support. Case studies illustrating the the financial assistance available to employers for apprentices and trainees in the first 12 months of an apprenticeship or traineeship are outlined below, under each job ready program.  

If you have employment opportunities for participants completing these programs, or would like to host a work placement, please contact our State Recovery Coordination Unit on 08 6551 5049 or vial email to SRCU@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Upskill your team
If you would like to upskill your team members for a particular project or job, these programs are a great solution! You might also be interested in the short course skill sets available under the Skills Ready program

Ageing and Disability Job Ready Program

The Ageing and Disability Job Ready program, developed in partnership with Community Skills WA and key industry partners, supports entry level work in either the ageing or disability services sectors. It is based on the Introduction to Direct Support skills short course, which includes critical skills and knowledge such as compliance with infection prevention and control polices and procedures, conducting manual tasks safely, meeting personal support needs, and communication and general workplace skills.

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Working in the aged care sector.

The program combines a training component with an industry work placement, to give participants some hands on workplace experience.

Need skilled workers?

This new program offers you an alternative recruitment pathway to access ‘right-fit’ candidates. As an employer, you can be confident your new employee will have the critical skills required to enter the workforce.

Ensuring the program creates a pipeline of right-fit job ready candidates is a key focus of the program. This starts with the industry-developed Expression of Interest (EOI) form which gives participants an understanding of some of the key attributes and mandatory requirements employers are seeking.

The EOI form incorporates key employer value-based questions, and supports participants to identify any existing transferrable skills. Suitable applicants are then invited to an orientiation forum where employers can share their knowledge of the sector, and start connecting with potential employees.

If you would like to host a program participant for work placement, please complete our online form via the link below. You can also download our information flyer, for further information about the program.

If you would like to access a participant who successfully completes the program, attend and/or present at an orientation forum, or find out about support available to build your workforce, please email SWAD@dtwd.wa.gov.au or call 08 6551 5049.

Keen to see what financial incentives you may be entitled to receive by taking on a trainee? Take a look at our case studies below.    

Case study: Ageing and Disability program — Financial incentives (healthcare and social assistance sectors)

Liam has been working on a casual basis for What Disability! Perth for five months, and has been offered a traineeship in Certificate III in Individual Support (Disability). Although he likes the flexibility of casual work, Liam is happy to change to part time as a traineeship cannot be undertaken through casual employment. Under part time arrangements the duration of the traineeship will be 18 months, and Liam is hoping the skills and knowledge he’s gained to date can be used to complete his traineeship earlier.

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Although Liam was already working for What Disability! Perth before starting the traineeship, his period of employment falls within the new entrant guidelines which means that government funding applies to the traineeship. 

On 29 March 2021, Liam started his part time traineeship with regular shifts totaling 25 hours a week.

By employing Liam as a part time trainee, What Disability! Perth may be eligible for a number of incentives and a wage subsidy, payable at different stages of the traineeship.

Take a look at the information below, which outlines the financial incentives and support What Disability! Perth may receive.

Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive

This incentive provides financial assistance to Western Ausralian businesses who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee and have lodged the training contact for registration on or after 1 July 2019.

Based on Liam’s employment, What Disability! Perth may be entitled to receive the following.
 

  • 12-month traineeship base incentive payment ($1,063 base payment, and $1,063 on completion)
  • Additional payment of $213 for a traineeship aligned to the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL) 

Australian Apprenticeship Incentive Program

Managed by the Commonwealth Government, the AAIP offers a range of payments for eligible employers. WhatDisability! Perth could be eligible for a commencement incentive of $1,500; and a completion incentive of $2,500.

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements 

Managed by the Commonwealth Government, BAC is a 50 per cent wage subsidy program providing support to all employers who engage a new Australian apprentice or trainee. WhatDisability! Perth could be eligible for $14,724 (paid quarterly in arrears) based on an estimated total wage for Liam of $29,445 for an adult trainee working as described for 12 months.

By employing Liam as a trainee, What Disability! Perth may receive the following total financial incentives.

Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive $2,339
AAIP incentives $ 4,000
BAC wage support $ 14,724*
Total $ 21,063

What Disabilty! Perth may be entitled to a total 72% offset of salary costs by employing Liam as a trainee through financial grants, incentives and wage support.

*Disclaimer: The wage costs referenced are estimated gross wage only based on information in the applicable industrial award. All information outlined in this case study is current as of October 2020. The salary is based on an estimated annual wage of $29,445.

Accesing this funding

Need some assistance?
For information about financial incentives and support, please call the SRCU on 08 6551 5049.

Case study: Ageing and Disability program — Financial incentives (healthcare and social assistance sectors)

Lisa, working at Kimberley Kare.

Kimberley Kares, located in Derby, has employed 25-year old Lisa as a trainee, to undertake a 12-month traineeship in Certificate III in Individual Support (Aged Care).

Lisa commenced the traineeship on 22 February 2021 and is employed full time. She identifies as Aboriginal.

By employing Lisa as a trainee, Kimberley Kares may be eligible for a number of incentives and wage subsidy, payable at different stages of the traineeship.

Take a look at the information below, which outlines the financial incentives and support Kimberly Kares may receive.

Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive

This incentive provides financial assistance to Western Ausralian businesses who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee and have lodged the training contact for registration on or after 1 July 2019. Based on Lisa’s employment, Kimberley Kares may be entitled to receive the following.
 

  • 12-month traineeship base incentive payment ($1,063 base payment, and $1,063 on completion)
  • Additional payments of $213 for a traineeship aligned to the State Priority Occupation List (SPOL); $425 as an employer located in a remote region; and $213 for employing an Aboriginal person as a trainee. 

Australian Apprenticeship Incentive Program

Managed by the Commonwealth Government, the AAIP offers a range of payments for eligible employers. Kimberley Kares could be eligible for a commencement incentive of $1,500; and a completion incentive of $2,500.

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements 

Managed by the Commonwealth Government, BAC is a 50 per cent wage subsidy program providing support to all employers who engage a new Australian apprentice or trainee. Kimberley Kares could be eligible for $17,908 (paid quarterly in arrears) based on an estimated total wage for Lisa of $35,818 for an adult trainee working as described for 12 months.

By employing Lisa as a trainee, Kimberley Kares may receive the following total financial incentives.

Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive $2,977
AAIP incentives $ 4,000
BAC wage support $ 17,908*
Total $ 24,885

Kimberley Kares may be entitled to a total 69% offset of salary costs by employing Lisa as a trainee through financial grants, incentives and wage support.

*Disclaimer: The wage costs referenced are estimated gross wage only based on information in the applicable industrial award. All information outlined in this case study is current as of October 2020. The salary is based on an estimated annual wage of $35,818.

Accesing this funding

Need some assistance?
For information about financial incentives and support, please call the SRCU on 08 6551 5049.

Bricklaying Job Ready Program

The Bricklaying Job Ready program was developed in consultation with the Construction Training Fund and key industry partners, to create a pipeline of qualified bricklayers to meet the needs of WA’s building industry. It was introduced in November 2020, to pilot a new training pathway to 50 bricklaying apprenticeships. As a pathways to employment program, it focuses on the key skills and knowledge needed for day one on the worksite.

Job Ready Bricklaying program.

Program participants complete the Work Safety in Construction job ready skill set — covering work safety practices, how to use a range of construction equipment and tools including levelling devices, and skills to work in a construction team — through a mix of on-campus training and work placement with industry employers. Participants may be offered an apprenticeship or traineeship on successful completion of the program. 

Need skilled workers for your project?
If you're looking for new team members you can access participants who successfully complete the program, and be confident that your new employee will have job ready skills and knowledge.

Anyone interested in undertaking the program can register via our Bricklaying Job Ready Program Expression of interest online form via the link below or follow instructions in the information flyer. 
For further information about this program, please contact us on 6551 5049 or email bricklayingjobready@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Keen to see what financial incentives you may be entitled to receive in the first 12 months of employing an apprentice? Take a look at our bricklaying financial incentives case study below.  

Case study: Bricklaying program financial incentives

Cosy Homebuilders Pty Ltd hired 20 year old Alicia as an apprentice in the Certificate III in Bricklaying/Blocklaying qualification, in October 2020.  Alicia is currently working on a residential home building project in the South West of WA.

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 As a construction business employing Alicia as an apprentice, Cosy Homebuilders Pty Ltd may be eligible for financial incentives and a wage subsidy — payable at different stages of the apprenticeship. Take a look at the information below, which outlines the financial incentives and support that Cosy Homebuilders may receive in the first 12 months and how they would go about claiming them. 

Please note: In this scenario, as the employer is a construction industry employer, financial incentives are accessed through CTF funding.

In the instance where the employer is undertaking construction work but not deemed a construction employer, financial incentives are accessed through the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive.

Construction Training Fund WA (CTF) grant

Managed through the WA Building and Construction Industry Training Fund, CTF supports and subsidises training for the construction industry by supporting the training and development of a skilled workforce. Subsidies are available to reduce the costs of employing and training an apprentice or trainee, making it easier for eligible businesses and employees to access the training they need when they need it. CTF grants are paid to employers in instalments, over the duration of the apprenticeship.

Based on Alicia's employment, Cosy Homebuilders may be entitled to receive the following.
 

  • Certificate III in Bricklaying / Blocklaying base grant: $10,000 
  • Employment of a female apprentice: $2,000
  • Regional supplement: $1,000
  • Trade bonus (50% paid at six months): $4,000

The total CTF grant is $13,000 (not including the trade bonus). This amount is paid to the employer over three instalments; the first at six months. 

Australian Apprenticeship Incentive Program (AAIP)

Managed by the Commonwealth Government, the AAIP offers a range of payments eligible employers can access.

Cosy Homebuilders would be eligible for the:

  • Commonwealth Government incentive: $1,500

As Cosy Homebuilders are in a regional location, they would also be eligible for the:

  • Rural and regional skills shortage incentive: $1,000
Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement (BAC) wage subsidy

Managed by the Commonwealth Government, BAC is providing support to all employers who engage a new Australian apprentice. 

Based on an estimated total wage of $28,006 for a first-year junior bricklaying apprentice, Cosy Homebuilders could receive $14,003 in wage support through BAC.

In the first 12 months of Alicia's employment, Cosy Homebuilders may receive the following.

CTF grants $ 6,333*
AAIP incentives $ 2,500
BAC wage support $ 14,003
Total $ 22,836

Cosy Homebuilders may be entitled to an 82% offset of Alicia's wages for the first 12 months through financial grants, incentives and wage support. The salary is based on a first-year apprentice, estimated at $28,006.

* One third of the total CTF grant amount, plus 50% of the trade bonus

Disclaimer: The wage costs referenced are estimated gross wage only based on information in the applicable industrial award. All information outlined in this case study is current as of October 2020.

Accessing this funding

Need some assistance?

For information about financial incentives and support, please call the SRCU on 08 6551 5049.

Infrastructure Ready program

The Infrastructure Ready pilot program was developed in consultation with Government and industry partners, and commenced as a pilot program in October 2020. Participants will complete the Infrastructure Ready short course skill set training course, learning about working safely on  civil construction sites (including their White Card training), carrying out measurements and calculations, and how to prepare and organise construction work, and gain the skills to operate small plant and equipment used in civil construction projects. They will also get an inside look at some of WA’s key civil construction projects.  

Infrastructure Ready Program.

Need skilled workers for your project?
If you're looking for new team members, you can access participants who successfully complete the program, and be confident that your new employee will have job ready skills and knowledge. 

If you would like to host a program participant for their work placement, please complete our online form

Any existing or potential employees interested in participating should complete the Infrastructure Ready Program Expression of interest online form via the link below or follow instructions in the information flyer.  For further information about this program, please contact us on 6551 5049 or email ipr@dtwd.wa.gov.au.


Keen to see what financial incentives you may be entitled to receive in the first 12 months of employing a trainee? Take a look at our case study for a WA construction business, below. 

Case study: Civil construction program financial incentives

Albany Earthworks employed 25-year old Franco Pellegrino as a trainee in the Certificate III in Civil Construction qualification, in October 2020. Franco will be working on infrastructure projects in WA's south west. 

As a WA construction business employing Franco as a trainee, Albany Earthworks may be eligible for a number of incentives and a wage subsidy — payable at different stages of the traineeship.

Please note: In this scenario, as the employer is a construction industry employer financial incentives are accessed through Construction Training Fund (CTF) funding.

In the instance where the employer is undertaking construction work but not deemed a construction employer, financial incentives are accessed through the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive.

Construction Training Fund WA (CTF) grant

Managed through the WA Building and Construction Industry Training Fund, CTF supports and subsidises training for the construction industry by supporting the training and development of a skilled workforce. Subsidies are available to reduce the costs of employing and training an apprentice or trainee, making it easier for eligible businesses and employees to access the training they need when they need it. CTF grants are paid to employers in instalments, over the duration of the apprenticeship.

Based on Franco's employment, Albany Earthworks may be entitled to receive the following,
 

  • Certificate III in Civil Construction base grant: $8,000 
  • Employment of a mature aged trainee: $1,000
  • Regional supplement: $800
  • Trade bonus (50% paid at six months): $2,000

The total CTF grant for a trainee is $9,800 (not including the trade bonus). This amount is paid to the employer over three instalments; the first at six months. 

Australian Apprenticeship Incentive Program (AAIP)

Managed by the Commonwealth Government, the AAIP offers a range of payments eligible employers can access.

Albany Earthworks may be eligible for the:

  • Commonwealth Government incentive: $1,500

As Albany Earthworks are in a regional location, they would also be eligible for the:

  • Rural and regional skills shortage incentive: $1,000
Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement (BAC) wage subsidy

Managed by the Commonwealth Government, BAC is providing support to all employers who engage a new Australian apprentice. 

Based on an estimated total wage of $37,511 for a Stage 1 construction trainee; Albany Earthworks could receive $18,756 in wage support through BAC.

In the first 12 months of Franco's employment as a trainee, Albany Earthworks may receive the following.

CTF grants $ 5,267*
AAIP incentives $ 2,500
BAC wage support $ 18,756
Total $ 26,523

Albany Earthworks may be entitled to a 71% offset of Franco's wages for the first 12 months through financial grants, incentives and wage support. The salary is based on a Stage 1 trainee, estimated at $37,511.

* One third of the total CTF grant amount, plus 50% of the trade bonus

Disclaimer: The wage costs referenced are estimated gross wage only based on information in the applicable industrial award. All information outlined in this case study is current as of October 2020.

Accessing this funding

Need some assistance?

For information about financial incentives and support, please call the SRCU on 08 6551 5049.

Hire a new apprentice or trainee

Employing an apprentice or trainee can help you to develop the skills of your workforce and could be the smartest decision you make. There are a range of incentives available to assist with the costs of taking on a new employee. 

When you hire an apprentice or trainee, you're gaining a new team member who will have a long term commitment to your business and become highly skilled through a structured program of on the job training and formal training at a TAFE or training provider. Apprenticeships generally include traditional trades such as building and construction; traineeships are usually in non-trade areas such as hospitality, business and health. Both are available to people of all ages, and most can be undertaken on a full time or part time basis — some can even be started during Years 11 and 12 at school. 

The best part is; hiring an apprentice or trainee is hassle-free! The following steps outline the process.

Step 1: Find a suitable candidate

You can choose to do this yourself, through your regular recruitment process, or contact an AASN. There are a number of Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) providers in WA funded by the Australian Government to provide advice and assistance to help you find an apprentice or trainee.

AASN providers also provide pre-commencement services including screening, testing and job-matching to get the right apprentice in the right apprenticeship with the right employer. AASN providers also engage with the Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office to help manage the training contract, training plan approvals and completion arrangements. In addition they can offer, as required, in-training support services such as mentoring, which will help apprentices and employers at risk of not completing the apprenticeship arrangement to work through issues and difficulties. For more information and advice contact an AASN provider.


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Step 2: The training contract

Once you have your new apprentice or trainee, an AASN provider will work with you to find a TAFE college or registered training organisation (RTO) who will provide the off the job training, and organise for a training contract to be initiated.

The training contract is a legally binding agreement which sets out your obligations as an employer, and for your new apprentice or trainee. The AASN provider will lodge the training contract with the Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office for registration, and you will receive notification once the contract has been registered. A training plan will also be developed by your TAFE or RTO, to set up arrangements for the off the job training.

Apprenticeship Office will administer the training contract for the duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship; this includes recording or approving variations to the contract, and assisting in resolving any disputes that may arise.

 

Out of contract register for employers

Find a skilled apprentice or trainee!

Many WA apprentices and trainees with skills and experience have become displaced due to the impact of COVID-19. To assist them to find employment, we have established an Out of Contract Register. 

As an employer, you can access the register to look through a list of over 400 apprentices and trainees — in over 100 different industry areas — many of whom have progressed well into their training and have the skills and knowledge you need for your team.

Best of all, you could be eligible for the Reengagement Incentive of $6,000 if you hire an apprentice from the register, or $3,000 if you employ a trainee! 

Financial incentives and support for employers of apprentices and trainees

Apprenticeships and traineeships are playing a vital role in WA's recovery, with skilled workers across a range of trades and occupations already in high demand. Hiring an apprentice or trainee is a commitment to developing our much-needed pipeline of skilled workers to meet demand — now and into the future.

We understand that hiring and training an apprentice or trainee, or any new employee has some associated costs. To assist you with these costs, and provide a boost for your business, there's a range of financial incentives available to employers. The State and Commonwealth governments have also made a range of financial support measures available to businesses. 

Apprenticeship Office Helpline

Apprenticeship Office Helpline 13 19 54.

Need support, information or assistance with apprenticeships or traineeships, or accessing financial incentives and support? Call the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.

For callers outside of WA, please phone us on 08 6551 5499.

You can also contact Apprenticeship Office by email via apprenticeshipoffice@dtwd.wa.gov.au, or use our online enquiry form and they will contact you. 

Pre-apprenticeships and pre-traineeships

A pre-apprenticeship or pre-traineeship is a nationally accredited Certificate II level qualification that includes a mandatory work placement coordinated by the TAFE college or registered training organisation (RTO). The goal of this training is to provide participants with industry specific training, combined with hands-on experience in a real workplace, to gain skills and knowledge to prepare them for an apprenticeship or traineeship. There are many of these courses available at TAFE colleges and other registered training organisations across Western Australia.

Hiring a person who has completed a pre-apprenticeship or pre-traineeship offers great benefits for your business. Not only will your new team member already have skills and knowledge, but their completed training can be recognised as credit towards a full apprenticeship or traineeship; so you will have a fully qualified employee in less time (and with less cost!). You may also be eligible for financial incentives and support. 

Group training organisations

Perhaps your business would benefit from having an apprentice or trainee, but you may not have capacity to employ one because you are unable to offer a permanent position or guarantee ongoing work for the duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship. Or maybe your business can't provide the range of work required to cover all the necessary job skills for their qualification, or manage the administrative and human resources work related to an extra employee.

Group training is a training and employment arrangement where an organisation, known as a group training organisation (GTO), employs apprentices and trainees under a training contract and hires them to your businesses, giving you the all the benefits of having an apprentice or trainee without being the actual employer. The GTO retains all employer responsibilities and supports the apprentice or trainee to achieve the successful completion of the training contract. 

Benefits for your business

Skilling solutions: Group training organisations

Through a GTO, you can access apprentices and trainees that meet your needs, in a range of skills areas, for agreed periods of time. GTOs screen all apprentices and trainees, to ensure that they are suitable for your business.

Your GTO will manage all aspects of the recruitment process, and cover all of the apprentice or trainee entitlements including salary, leave, superannuation and workers' compensation. They also provide personalised protective equipment (PPE), and provide induction training, and all administration and paperwork related to the training contract is also handled by the GTO.

To find out more about what a GTO can offer your business,  view the list of GTOs in WA and contact those that match with your business and skills needs.

Skills Ready

Need to upskill your workforce for new jobs or projects? There's never been a better time to get into training!

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Skills Ready: Free short courses and skill sets!

We have worked closely with WA industries, businesses and employers to find out the types of skills needed right now and for future jobs, then developed free short courses and skill sets using units from nationally recognised vocational qualifications.  There's a range of infection control skill sets that are free for everyone, and a suite of job ready skill sets in a range of industry areas — some free for everyone, and others free for eligible students including people aged 15—24. 
 

Lower fees, local skills — Course fees slashed!

We have slashed the course fees on over 180 qualifications by half — some by as much as 72 per cent — through the Lower fees, local skills program! From entry level pre-apprenticeships and pre-traineeships, through to Certificates II, III, IV and even Diploma level qualifications — including apprenticeships and traineeships — there's sure to be something that aligns with your business. 
 

Skilling solutions: Support

To support you  with the costs associated with employing and training  workers to grow your business, a range of financial incentives and support measures are available through the State and Commonwealth governments. 

Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive

If you hire a new apprentice or trainee, you could be eligible for the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive of up to $8,500! You may also be eligible to receive additional loading payments of up to an additional 50 per cent for target groups including people aged 21—30 years of age, Aboriginal people, and apprentices and trainees in regional areas of WA.

This incentive is available in addition to other financial incentives and support, including the Apprentice and trainee reengagement incentive of up to $6,000. 

Apprentice and Trainee Reengagement Incentive

When you hire an apprentice or trainee from the Out of contract register, you could be eligible for the Apprentice and trainee reengagement incentive of $3,000 for a trainee, or $6,000 for an apprentice!

But even better...

  • the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive of up to $8,500 still applies;
  • WA State Government COVID-19 financial support measures for businesses still apply;
  • the Construction Training Fund (CTF) financial support for the building and construction industry still applies;
  • the Commonwealth wage subsidy for apprentices still applies; and
  • other financial support and incentives still apply.

Defence Industry Incentive for employers

The Defence Industry Incentive was announced on 22 September 2020, to provide financial assistance to WA businesses employing apprentices in key trades within the defence industry. 

Employers (including group training organisations) may be eligible for up to $20,000 per eligible apprentice. This is in addition to the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive of up to $8,500 available to eligible employers, and other incentives or financial support that may apply.

The program is also available to local government and government trading enterprises (GTEs) (see approved list of eligible local government agencies and Government Trading Enterprises or not for profit organisations who are involved in the defence industry.

Other financial incentives and support to employ and train

In addition to financial incentives and support for employers who hire apprentices and trainees, there's a large number of other measures for which you may be eligible.  These include incentives and support for employing and/or training people with disability, mature age people,  Aboriginal and Indigenous people, and youth.

State and Commonwealth Government COVID-19 financial support

The WA State Government and Commonwealth Government have established a number of financial stimulus package measures to assist WA businesses in managing the impact of COVID-19. 

Need advice or assistance?

State Recovery Coordination Unit

The Department of Training and Workforce Development has established a dedicated unit to support industry, employers and business. If you have any queries about the skilling solutions outlined on this page, please contact us.

P: 08 6551 5049
E: SRCU@dtwd.wa.gov.au
 

Apprenticeship Office Helpline

Apprenticeship Office Helpline 13 19 54.

Would you like some support, information or assistance with apprenticeships or traineeships, or accessing financial incentives? Call the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.

For callers outside of WA, please phone us on 08 6551 5499.

You can also contact Apprenticeship Office by email via apprenticeshipoffice@dtwd.wa.gov.au, or use our online enquiry form and they will contact you. 

Our free jobs boards for employers

Did you know we have online jobs boards where you can post your employment opportunities? 

Free jobsboard.

The Jobs and Skills WA jobs board is supported by our network of 15 Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) across WA who work directly with jobseekers and employers. Your local JSC will work with you to put your vacancy together, then post it on our jobs board  Once posted to the jobs board, we can also promote your employment opportunity through our social media channels and to all WA JSCs. These services are all free!

If you have an employment opportunity for an Aboriginal person, we have a dedicated Aboriginal services jobs board. Your local JSC can assist in posting your vacancy, and this is also a free service.

 

Workforce planning information and resources

You work hard to meet your business goals, and investing time into planning and developing your workforce can be a challenge. Having the right information, tools and resources to support the process is the first step to success. We have a range of useful information, templates, links and resources to assist you to better plan, attract, develop and retain a skilled workforce that can help you reach those business goals now and into the future. 

Jobs and Skills Centres

Jobs and Skills Centres, located across Perth and regional Western Australia, work closely with employers and businesses to provide free information and support about training and workforce development. JSCs are connected with local jobseekers, and can assist you to find an apprentice or trainee as well as help with information about financial support and incentives.  They also offer a free online jobs board, here on the Jobs and Skills WA website, where you can post employment opportunities. All services are free! Contact your local JSC to find out how they can help you.