Support for apprentices and trainees

Apprenticeships and traineeships will play a vital role in helping the State’s economic recovery following the COVID-19 pandemic, and skilled workers across a range of trades and occupations will be in high demand. 

We understand that this is a challenging time for apprentices and trainees, with many businesses being impacted by COVID-19 and we want to support you so that you can stay in work and continue your training. Please follow the links to find out more.

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Apprenticeship Office Helpline

Need support, information or assistance?

Ring the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54. We can help you with:

  • support for apprentices and trainees to stay employed;
  • available options for apprentices and trainees to continue their training;
  • assistance on managing the training contract and navigating the training system;
  • information about WA and Commonwealth Government financial support measures for employers, apprentices and trainees; and
  • information about jobseeker support for apprentices and trainees.

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 their online enquiry form and they will contact you. 

Options to continue your apprenticeship or traineeship

The impact of COVID-19 may make it difficult for your employer to maintain your training contract. We are taking a flexible approach to help businesses maintain your employment as an apprentice or trainee where possible, and can offer a range of options as alternatives to terminating your training contract.

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Extend the duration of the training contract
Extending your training contract provides more time for you to complete the training requirements of your apprenticeship or traineeship, to make sure you can continue developing your skills.

Suspend the training contract
Suspension of a training contract is like taking a break from your apprenticeship or traineeship. Your employer and yourself need to agree on a period of time — for example; three months — then your training contract can resume after that period so that you can continue when conditions improve.

Vary the training contract from full time to part time
Changing your training contract from full time to part time may mean that you can continue to be employed during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Assign/transfer your training contract to a new employer
If an opportunity comes up to continue your apprenticeship or traineeship with a different employer, you will be able to stay in paid employment.

For further information about these options, please call the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.

Continuing your off the job training

If your training contract has been terminated or suspended by your employer due to the impact of COVID-19, you can still continue off the job training with your TAFE college or registered training organisation. 

Off the job training can continue for up to six months following the termination of your training contract while you're looking for a new employer, or during the period that your training contract has been suspended until the situation improves and you can return to work. 

To find out more about your options to continue off the job training, contact the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.

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Out of contract register for apprentices and trainees

To assist apprentices and trainees who have recently fallen out of their training contract, a free Out of Contract Register is now available which provides a list of  out of contract apprentices and trainees in Western Australia. The register does not include your personal information — just the details of what kind of apprenticeship or traineeship you were doing, what stage you were in (eg; second year), and your location (eg; Perth metropolitan or regional area).  

The register is also provided to WA Jobs and Skills Centres, Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) providers and group training organisations who work with employers and can help to connect them with apprentices and trainees looking for employment.

The register will continue to be updated as we confirm the agreement of all parties for their details to be displayed.

You can take a look at the Out of Contract Register here 

How do I get on to the register?
When Apprenticeship Office receives notification that your training contract is being terminated, they will contact you to ask if you would like to be added to the Out of Contract Register. You can say no, if you do not want to be added.

How do employers contact me?
When an employer finds an apprentice or trainee on the register that matches their needs, they contact Apprenticeship Office to ask for your contact details (these are only provided if you have given your permission to do so).

What do I do when an employer contacts me?
When an employer contacts you, it means they are interested in talking about an opportunity to continue your apprenticeship or traineeship. They may ask questions about your training, and your work experience. Be open to talking about yourself and answering questions — if the employer thinks you are a good match for their needs, they may ask you to come in for a meeting or attend an interview. Good luck!  

National apprentice and trainee re-engagement register

Apprentices with an employer.

A new national online register to re-engage eligible apprentices and trainees displaced due to COVID-19 was recently announced by the Australian Government.

You can add yourself to the register (it's free!) to connect with prospective employers across Australia to find work and continue your apprenticeship or traineeship.  Employers of any size, including group training organisations, can register their details and post a vacancy for an apprentice or trainee. You can search for available apprenticeships or traineeships here in WA, or anywhere in Australia.

Visit the Apprentice and Trainee Re-engagement Register to find out more

Download the information flyer

Looking for new employment

If you become unemployed due to the impact of COVID-19, it's important to get yourself ready to find new employment. You may need to update your resume or CV, and brush up on your job application skills. You'll find the following information on our website useful.

 You can also contact a WA Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider for assistance finding a new apprenticeship or traineeship. 

WA and Commonwealth Government financial support

The WA and Commonwealth Governments have made a range of financial support measures available to individuals and families.

You may be eligible for some of this financial support, if you become unemployed due to the impact of COVID-19.

For further information, please visit our COVID-19 Support for individuals and jobseekers page, or follow the links.

Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive

The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive provides financial assistance of up to $8,500 to WA businesses who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee.

For information about eligibility and how to access the incentive, please visit our Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive page.

Find out more

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Financial support for construction industry apprentices

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The WA State Government and Construction Training Fund (CTF) recently announced a new $24.5 million support package for the construction workforce.

A grant of up to $1,000 is now available for apprentices and trainees employed in the construction industry, to help with the costs of undertaking short courses to assist in upskilling. This is a great option if you want to add to your existing skills, or do training in new skills to improve your employment prospects. Funding support is also available to enable employers to retain apprentices and trainees.

For further information about the grant, please visit the CTF website

Support from your local Jobs and Skills Centre

Jobs and Skills Centres, located across Perth and regional Western Australia, provide free information and support about training, careers and job searching. They work closely with employers, business and the local community and can help jobseekers to find employment. Specialist services are also available for Aboriginal people. JSCs also offer free workshops on applying for jobs and interview skills. Contact your local JSC to find out how they can help you.