Effective from 1 April 2019, the policy aims to increase the overall numbers of apprentices and trainees in the building and construction industry, and develop a sustainable local supply of skilled workers for the building and construction industry, by encouraging contractors to invest in the employment of apprentices and trainees.
The new policy, which replaces the previous Government building training policy, meets the McGowan Government's Plan for Jobs commitment to increase training rates on WA State Government building, construction and maintenance contracts.
Under the policy, all head contractors awarded State Government building, construction and maintenance contracts, valued over $5 million (incl GST), will be required to meet a target training rate across the combined construction trades workforce of their company and all subcontractors used for the contract.
The new Priority Start policy applies to State Government building, construction and maintenance contracts resulting from tenders released from 1 April 2019.
The Department of Training and Workforce Development's role is to support the whole of government implementation of the policy.
Further information on the new Priority Start policy is available on the Department of Training and Workforce Development website at dtwd.wa.gov.au/prioritystart