Support for employers of 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 employers, with many businesses being impacted by COVID-19, and we want to support you to retain your apprentices or trainees.

Please follow the links to find out more.

Information about other financial incentives for employers, not specific to COVID-19 support

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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:

  • accessing the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive;
  • information about free training for apprentices and trainees;
  • support for apprentices and trainees to stay employed; 
  • finding an apprentice or trainee through the Out of Contract Register;
  • assistance on managing the training contract and navigating the training system;
  • information about WA and Commonwealth Government financial support measures for employers of apprentices and trainees; and
  • jobseeker support for displaced 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. 

Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive

To support WA businesses, and employers of apprentices and trainees, the new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive (the Re-engagement Incentive) has been introduced by the State Government. The Re-engagement Incentive will assist you to employ an apprentice or trainee and help WA build a pipeline of skilled employees as we move into the economic recovery phase post COVID-19. 

We can help you find an apprentice or trainee!

Our Out of Contract Register lists apprentices and trainees who have been displaced due to COVID-19. They are all skilled and experienced, with some in their 2nd or 3rd year, and ready to start work. 

Further information

If you would to find out more about the Re-engagement Incentive, please call the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54 or send an email to reengagementincentive@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

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 lists out of contract apprentices and trainees in Western Australia. The register will continue to be updated as we confirm the agreement of all parties for their details to be displayed.

The register does not disclose personal information — just the details of what kind of apprenticeship or traineeship, what stage it is in (eg; second year), and the apprentice or trainee's 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.

How do apprentices or trainees get on to the register?
When Apprenticeship Office receives notification that a training contract is being terminated, they will contact the apprentice/trainee to ask if they would like to be added to the Out of Contract Register

What do I do when I find a match?
When you find an apprentice or trainee on the register that matches your needs, contact Apprenticeship Office on 13 19 54. If the apprentice or trainee has given permission to share their contact details, Apprenticeship Office will give these to you so that you can contact them directly to discuss your employment opportunity.

What should I do when contacting the apprentice/trainee?
You should ask questions about the apprentice or trainee's work experience and training, to see if they are a good match for your business needs. You can ask them to come in for a meeting or attend an interview. 

Search for an apprentice or trainee

You can use the search box to look for something specific, or browse the full register to find an apprentice or trainee. You can also sort each of the columns ascending or descending.  If you have any queries about the register, please contact Apprenticeship Office on 13 19 54.

*You may be eligible for the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive if you employ this apprentice or trainee!

Training contract ID
Type
Apprenticeship/Traineeship
Year
Location

As the register contains a lot of information, to optimise viewing for mobile devices we recommend using the search field. Or select 'Show all' to see the full list. 

The register was last updated Friday 25 September 2020.

Free training for displaced apprentices and trainees

If the training contract has been cancelled or suspended due to the impact of COVID-19, an apprentice or trainee can still continue off the job training with their TAFE college or registered training organisation with no fees — free! Eligible apprentices and trainees displaced between 1 March 2020 and 31 December 2020 are entitled to this fee relief.

A female apprentice doing off the job training.

Off the job training can continue for up to six months following the cancellation or suspension of the training contract while you're waiting until the situation improves and  can return to work, or while the apprentice or trainee is looking for a new employer. There will be no course and resource fees for any units commenced after the training contract is  suspended or cancelled. This fee-free training means the apprentice or trainee can continue building their skills and knowledge and continue the apprenticeship or traineeship when work returns, or it can help them to find new employment.
 

To find out more about fee free training, call the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.

Options to continue the apprenticeship or traineeship

As an employer, the impact of COVID-19 on your business may impact the viability of your apprentice or trainee’s training contract. The Department of Training and Workforce Development Apprenticeship Office is taking a flexible approach to help businesses maintain the employment of their apprentices/trainees where possible, and can offer a range of options as alternatives to terminating the training contract. 

Apprentices with their employer.

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

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

Vary the training contract from full time to part time
Changing the training contract from full time to part time may mean that by reducing their paid hours, you can continue to employ your apprentice or trainee during this period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Assign/transfer the training contract to a new employer
You can choose to transfer the apprenticeship or traineeship to a different employer, enabling them to stay in paid employment.

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

National apprentice and trainee re-engagement register

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

If you have an employment opportunity for an apprentice or trainee, you can add it to the register (it's free!) to find a person who wants to continue their apprenticeship or traineeship.  Employers of any size, including group training organisations, can register their details and post a vacancy for an apprentice or trainee.

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

Download the information flyer

Apprentices with an employer.

Meeting requirements for training contract compliance 

The Department understands that it may be difficult currently to meet some training contract compliance requirements, due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Apprenticeship Office is taking a flexible approach to regulatory requirements at this time, to minimise the burden on employers, apprentices and trainees. Notifications or lodgements that do not meet compliance requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic period will be assessed and considered, and pursued only if warranted.

Please contact the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54 for further information.

WA and Commonwealth Government financial support for employers

Wage subsidies for apprentices and trainees

Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the wages paid to an apprentice or trainee during the nine months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. Employers will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee ($7,000 per quarter). The subsidy will be available to small businesses employing fewer than 20 employees, who retain an apprentice or trainee.

Where a small business is not able to retain an apprentice, the subsidy will be available to a new employer.

For full details regarding the wage subsidy for apprentices and trainees please visit the business.gov.au website 

Financial support for WA businesses

The WA and Commonwealth Governments have made a range of financial support measures available to employers and business, to assist with the impact of COVID-19. For further information on these business support measures, please visit our COVID-19 Support for business page.

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

JSWA Employer Incentive.

Financial support for construction industry employers

A new $24.5 million support package has been established by the Construction Training Fund (CTF) and WA Government to assist the building and construction industry to maintain a skilled workforce during the COVID-19 crisis.

CTF logo.

The package includes $10 million to provide an immediate, one-off payment of $2,000 to employers of existing apprentices and trainees currently receiving CTF grant payments. A new grants scheme worth $9.5 million will be introduced to assist employers to retain their existing apprentices, with payments beginning from 1 June 2020 (backdated from 1 April 2020). The payments will range from $250 per month to $500 per month, per apprentice or trainee, depending on the trades facing the most critical skills shortages in the industry.

Apprentices and trainees employed in the industry can claim up to $1,000 to support the costs of undertaking short courses to assist them in upskilling.

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

How we can help

Jobs and Skills Centres, located across Perth and regional Western Australia work closely with employers, business and the local community provide free information and support about training, careers and job searching. They are connected with local jobseekers, and can assist you to find an apprentice or trainee.  Contact your local JSC to find out how they can help you.