WA Premier Mark McGowan and Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery, together with the Construction Training Fund (CTF), have announced a $24.5 million support package to assist the building and construction industry to maintain a skilled workforce during the COVID-19 crisis.
The package includes $10 million to provide an immediate, one-off payment of $2,000 to employers of existing apprentices and trainees currently receiving Construction Training Fund (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.
Employers currently receiving CTF grants for apprentices and trainees in employment will be eligible for the new grant scheme. Support for apprentices and trainees
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.
"The construction industry plays an important role in Western Australia and employs thousands of people across a range of trades." the Premier said. "It's important we look after our local businesses, apprentices and trainees — this funding will go towards making sure jobs are maintained and our construction workforce is ready to assist with the post COVID-19 economic recovery."