Supporting Apprenticeships and Traineeships
Posted on 09/06/20 in
More than 3,000 apprentices and trainees will now be able to access free training so that they can continue building their skills and stay in employment where possible.
Thanks to the WA State Government’s latest initiative announced last week to safeguard Western Australia’s future workforce, more than 3,000 apprentices and trainees will now be able to access free training so that they can continue building their skills and stay in employment where possible.
The key industries impacted by COVID-19 include hospitality, tourism, wholesale and retail services, personal services, finance, property and business services and building and construction. More than half of WA’s apprentices and trainees work in these industries.
Training costs will be covered for apprentices and trainees who have had their training contracts cancelled or suspended, to continue their off the job training for up to six months. This support will make apprentices and trainees more employable during Australia’s economic recovery phase and is one of the State Government’s measures to keep WA’s pipeline of skilled workers on track during COVID-19.
Details as follows:
• Eligible apprentices and trainees displaced between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 will be entitled to fee relief. There will be no course and resource fees for any units commenced by these apprentices and trainees for up to six months.
• Fee relief will continue to apply if the apprentice or trainee is subsequently picked up by another employer.
• The course fees will be paid by the Department of Training and Workforce Development directly to training providers, who will be able to access the payments from 1 July 2020.
This initiative will also allow employers to have a more flexible approach to training apprentices and trainees.
Please contact our team on 1300 363 831 or you can complete our Contact Us form for further information.