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Industry members

The construction industry is as busy as ever and set to continue its need for skilled workers.

There is enormous competition in the employment market and it is vital that the construction industry maintains an adequate number of skilled workers for current and future demands.

The Construction Training Fund provides a range of grants and subsidies to reduce your training costs and publishes regular reports to help keep you informed about the industry's workforce requirements.

Apprenticeships & traineeships

The Construction Training Fund has produced a handy guide to help employers understand apprenticeship training, with a few hints on recruitment of an apprentice for your business. 

Hiring an apprentice through a group training organisation (GTO) is an alternative to direct indenture. A GTO employs apprentices and trainees, hiring them out to appropriate host employers for practical, work-based skill development during the course of the indenture. Eligible employers receive the Construction Training Fund grants as a reduction in the hire-out rate charged by the GTO.   

Why an apprentice?

Training an apprentice will add to the value and capacity of your business over time and you will be contributing to skills development for the next generation. The Construction Training Fund can provide eligible employers with a grant of up to $19,000 to reduce the costs of directly indenturing an apprentice, in addition to incentives available from the Commonwealth Government. 

A range of new Certificate II construction qualifications are available for students to complete as part of their WACE in WA high schools. This is important stuff to know because these courses will produce better prepared, more mature potential apprentices for you to employ.

The courses are

  • Certificate II in Building and Construction (Trades Pathway)
  • Certificate II in Building and Construction (Para-professional Pathway)
  • Certificate II in Civil Construction
  • Certificate II in Plumbing

Students begin the course in Year 11 and finish at the end of Year 12. They learn and practice key skills, backed up by up to 220 hours of on-the-job work experience. Your benefit comes in the shape of a young man or woman who knows their way around a building site and is prepared and productive, Day 1 on the job with you.

And because the program concludes at the end of Year 12, your potential new apprentice will likely have, or be close to having a driver's license. Mobility!

An apprentice will need your support and guidance, especially in the first year or so. The recent changes in nominal term mean that you can select the length of the apprenticeship, anywhere from 36-48 months.* This gives you the advantage of an apprentice whose skill, productivity and earning capacity benefits your business over a longer period of time.

Skills development

It is just as important to maintain your own personal skills and seek opportunities to develop your own career as it is to provide opportunities for young people.

The Construction Training Fund can provide eligible industry workers with subsidies to enhance their skills through its Supplementary Skills program. The Fund recognises more than 1000 courses delivered by more than 30 private training providers in WA.

 *48 months for licensed trades