Existing worker traineeships — Skill up your workforce!

Reduced fees for priority existing worker traineeships - Childcare, Aged and Disability Care, and Civil Construction!

  • Looking to develop your team, with quality nationally accredited training available for a range of industry sectors? 
  • How about a way to recognise the skills your workers already have, and add new skills and knowledge through training for an industry-specific nationally recognised qualification?
  • Maybe you need a way to get your workers skilled up so that they can meet the requirements of your business more effectively, now and into the future? 

The good news is, existing worker traineeships (EWTs) can offer you all of those things — and more!

Fees have been reduced for limited places in selected existing worker traineeships for the following priority industry areas.

Jobs and Skills WA: Existing worker traineeships
Jobs and Skills WA: Existing worker traineeships
Jobs and Skills WA: Existing worker traineeships
Jobs and Skills WA: Existing worker traineeships
Jobs and Skills WA: Existing worker traineeships

A limited number of reduced-fee training places for existing worker traineeships in the Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care are now available. 

Aged care & Disability care

A limited number of reduced-fee training places for existing worker traineeships in the Certificate IV in Ageing Support and the Certificate III in Individual Support will be available from 1 January 2022.

Civil construction

A limited number of reduced-fee training places for existing worker traineeships in the Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision qualification will be available from 1 January 2022. 

Existing worker traineeships = A skilled workforce

If you're looking for a way to ensure your team is operating efficiently and effectively to consistent standards, and adopting up to date industry practices, existing worker traineeships could be your solution!

Existing worker traineeships are a great way to upskill and develop your workforce. Through structured on the job learning, managed by an accredited TAFE college or private training provider, your team will deepen and broaden their workplace skills and knowledge and get a nationally recognised vocational education and training (VET) qualification. 

EWTs are also an excellent way to develop career pathways for your existing workers, through skills-based promotion opportunities, and can also help to build loyalty and long term commitment from your workforce.

What qualifications are available as an EWT?

There's over 60 qualifications at Certificate IV, Diploma or Advanced Diploma level that are currently funded through the WA Department of Training and Workforce Development as an EWT, and these are all available on a list published here on the Jobs and Skills WA website. 

Low fees for priority industry traineeships

Childcare EWTs available now.

The Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care and the Certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care EWTs will help you to meet workforce qualification requirements under the National Quality Framework, National Regulations and National Quality Standards, as a provider of early education and child care services.

These qualifications can help to set your team up to provide consistent, quality care to best practice industry standards.

They're also an excellent choice for creating a pathway for further learning and/or career progression for your team, to meet your future business needs.

EWTs available in 2022.

The Certificate IV in Ageing Support and the Certificate III in Individual Support are excellent solutions to upskill existing workers, and will ensure that your workers are operating to a consistent standard in compliance with relevant regulations and legislation. 

If you're in the civil construction business, and need to skill your workers up to take on supervisory or team leader roles, the Certificate IV in Civil Construction Supervision will be available with a limited number of places for 2022. This EWT could make all the difference to your capacity to take on new projects and opportunities!

Please note:  The reduction in course fees for selected EWTs is funded through the WA State Government, and the Commonwealth Government's Job Trainer Fund.

Available places are limited for 2021—22. Your Jobs and Skills Centre or AASN will be able to advise whether funded places are still available in your chosen EWT qualification. 

How does the traineeship work?

An existing worker traineeship works in much the same way as a regular traineeship. Your existing workers will continue to do their normal hours, and to perform their usual work duties. The extent of off the job training required will be negotiated between yourself, the trainee, and the training provider.

An AASN (Australian Apprenticeship Support Network) provider will work with you to choose a qualification and a training provider that suits your needs, and will organise all the paperwork for you. You will be required to sign a training contract for each EWT, which is lodged with the Department of Training and Workforce Development's Apprenticeship Office.

Who does the training?

Existing worker traineeships are available through some WA TAFE colleges, and also through selected private registered training organisations (RTOs).

We encourage you to use our course list to search for the qualification you're interested in — as illustrated in the image, on the course list you will see a list of TAFEs (1), and RTOs (2) who offer the qualification — select from the list, and their course information will display.

You can then select the Find out more button (3) to go to their website, where further information will be provided. Please note: not all TAFEs and/or RTOs offer all qualifications as an EWT. 

A screenshot of the Jobs and Skills WA course list, showing the TAFEs and RTOs on the left, a course description in the middle, and a Find out more button to the right.

How does the training work?

  • The training provider will usually visit your workplace first, to familiarise themselves with the set up and facilities as well as the kind of work the trainees are doing
  • Your trainee/s will be assigned tasks for the units in the EWT, based on their job role and duties — these are usually completed either in a workbook or online
  • Your TAFE college or private training provider will negotiate a schedule of workplace visits with you — generally fortnightly or monthly — so they can visit the trainee/s to monitor their progress, and provide mentoring and coaching etc as required
  • If you have a number of staff doing an EWT, you may be able to arrange short  group training sessions in the workplace — this may be more time efficient  for you, your staff, and your business
  • Your staff undertaking the traineeship may be eligible for recognition of prior learning — your training provider will help you with this process
  • Trainees will be awarded the nominated qualification following a competency-based assessment, in the workplace, where they will be required to demonstrate their skills and knowledge

What is my role in a traineeship?

As the employer; you should be across how the EWT is progressing, and actively encourage and support your trainee/s to stay motivated to complete the traineeship. You should also make sure that others in the workplace are aware that the traineeship is happening, and what it involves, and assist the trainee/s where they can. 

It's also very important that you ensure the trainee/s are given sufficient time, and access to resources and facilities where required,  for any additional work required as part of the traineeship.

We also encourage you to actively engage with your training provider, and request regular updates as to how the trainees are progressing and/or any issues you should be aware of.  

Your AASN will discuss your obligations under the training contract with you, before you sign up for the EWT.

What is an "existing worker"?

Workers in an office.

In general terms, a person who has already been working for you for more than three months at full time equivalent is considered to be an existing worker, and would be eligible for an existing worker traineeship. 

A 'full time equivalent’ could be based on part time, casual or full time work; and approved leave is included in the time calculation.

Would my staff be eligible for an EWT?

We encourage you to talk to your local Jobs and Skills Centre, or your AASN, if you are unsure about the eligibility of your staff to undertake an existing worker traineeship.

Ready to take the first step?

Your local Jobs and Skills Centre can assist you in choosing the right qualification for your EWT, provide advice on choosing a training provider, and connect you to an AASN who will work with you to set everything up. JSCs are located all over Western Australia, and all their services are free.

Call your local team for a chat, or drop in for a visit — follow the link below to find your nearest centre.