The Department of Training and Workforce Development is proud to be participating in the Skilling Australians Fund — part of the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The program works in partnership with state and territory governments through the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund (NPSAF).
The Department is working with industry, businesses and employers, training providers and other stakeholders to develop, introduce and support key strategies and VET programs across Western Australia's priority industries and occupations that are most in demand – now, and into the future. In addition to the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive that commenced on 1 July, we are happy to advise of two new VET programs – the Enterprise Training Program (ETP) and the Pre-traineeship Program (PTP) – that are now available for the first time as pilot programs for 2019.
The Enterprise Training Program is designed to address skill priorities for existing workers, supporting businesses and ensuring that workers have the skills and knowledge to meet the current and future needs of the organisation and industry. The program enables individual organisations (or a consortium of organisations) to identify skill gaps and work with a registered training organisation to develop training to suit and meet their organisation’s needs, and apply for funding of up to $200,000 for single enterprises and $300,000 for consortiums to support that training.
The Pre-traineeship Program is an exciting initiative that offers students the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on industry-based skills, knowledge and experience through a combination of on and off the job training. The program also provides potential employers with an opportunity to provide work placement to students, and access to program graduates who have been screened for suitability to work in the sector and can offer core skills identified as critical for new entrants.