Training pathways to employment

Are you looking for work, but need some skills and experience? How would you like to get on a pathway to employment, through a program that combines training and on the job industry experience that provides opportunities to connect with an apprenticeship, traineeship, or further training and employment?

Do you have experience in the construction industry but no trades qualification, and would like the opportunity to have your skills recognised to get into an apprenticeship? 

Are you looking for a free service to connect you with employers who need new and skilled workers or have apprenticeships or traineeships available? 

Great — you've come to the right place! 

Right now there's a range of exciting programs and projects all across Western Australia, creating a pipeline of work and fantastic job opportunities in a range of industries. There's never been a better time to get on a pathway to employment, and we want to help you take advantage of these opportunities.

Our free Job Ready Connect website is exclusive to program graduates, connecting you with employers who are looking for workers.

Our Job Ready pathways to employment programs are free for eligible students including under-25s and jobseekers, and include not only training but also an industry work placement. 

Our new Skills Recognition Apprenticeship Program provides a free skills assessment for existing workers, to get you into an apprenticeship for the construction industry.

Please note: Minimum age requirements may be applicable to selected programs. Further details can be found under the relevant job ready program. 



What Job Ready programs are currently available?

  • Ageing and Disability Job Ready – Get job ready to start your rewarding career in two of WA’s fastest growing sectors; aged care and disability support, where you can make a positive difference in the lives of others.
     
  • Bricklaying Job Ready — Get a range of job ready skills including work safety practices, how to use a range of construction equipment and tools including levelling devices, and skills to work in a construction team, to get you ready for an apprenticeship in building and construction.
  • Infrastructure (Civil Construction) Ready — This pathway focuses on skills and knowledge to set you up to work on civil construction projects such as new roads, and the construction of public buildings and facilities.

More are coming soon!

About the programs

The new pathways to employment programs all have the following three key features.

Training
Each program includes a short course that you'll complete at a specified TAFE college or with a private training provider. The course is a skill set, which contains nationally accredited units of competency that have been selected to provide you with job ready skills and knowledge relevant to the kind of work you'd like to do.

Work placement
You will undertake a work placement with an industry employer. 

This will give you valuable real life hands on experience to add to what you learn in your training.

Employment options
We have worked with WA's leading employers in a range of industry areas, who are looking for skilled workers.

At the end of the program, you may be offered employment, an apprenticeship or traineeship, be connected with other opportunities or go on to complete further studies.

Job Ready Connect — Exclusive to program graduates!

When you complete a Job Ready program, you'll have industry skills and experience — exactly what employers are looking for! Job Ready Connect is a new service to help you connect with employers, and it's available exclusively to graduates of the Job Ready programs. Best of all — it's free! 

There's no need for a CV or resume, just create your Job Ready Connect profile online. You'll be guided through the process, and once that's done employers with job opportunities matching your skills and experience will be able to find you. There's lots of jobs out there — this is the best way to find them,and for them to find you! 

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Skills Recognition Apprenticeship Program

Do you have skills, experience and knowledge from working in the construction industry, but no formal qualification? How would you like to get a nationally recognised trades qualification, through an apprenticeship? 

The Skills Recognition Apprenticeship Program (SRAP) offers you the opportunity to have your construction industry skills, knowledge and experience assessed and counted towards a trades qualification, to boost your job and career prospects. 

Best of all, the SRAP assessment is 100% free for eligible applicants — that's right, no cost to you! The program aims to help you boost your employability through the attainment of a trades qualification, and to support employers across Western Australia's construction industry who need skilled workers. 

Who is eligible for SRAP?

SRAP is open to anyone currently working in the construction industry who has construction industry skills, knowledge and experience — there are no age limits, but you must be a permanent resident of WA. It is available through TAFE colleges in both metropolitan and regional WA for non-licensed construction trades including carpentry and joinery, painting and decorating, bricklaying, tile laying, plastering, concreting, ceiling and wall fixing, stonemasonry, sprinkler fitting and signwriting.

How does SRAP work?

The first step is to apply through our online expression of interest form, so that you can tell us about yourself and your experience. If your application is successful we will contact you to discuss next steps.

If you are already employed in the construction industry, the first stage of SRAP is the assessment. This is conducted in accordance with national industry standards, and looks at your skills and experience to see where you already demonstrate competency to the standard required by the trades qualification. 

Will SRAP help me find a job or boost my career prospects?

Yes! Having a nationally recognised trades qualification greatly improves your employability and opens up new opportunities for you across the construction industry. Employers who take you on as an apprentice through SRAP not only get a trades qualified worker in less time, but will also be eligible for a range of financial incentives which makes you an attractive employment prospect! 

Is Job Ready Connect available through SRAP?

Yes! If you are not already employed, you will have exclusive access to our Job Ready Connect website where you can register your details. Employers can use Job Ready Connect to search for workers with the skills and experience they need, and find you there.

If this sounds like the opportunity you've been waiting for, please complete the expression of interest online form via the link below. You can also download our information flyer, for details about the program.


Need more information?
If you have questions about SRAP, or would like further information, please call us on 08 6551 5049 or email SRAP@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations

How would you like to get your career as a heavy vehicle driver in the road transport industry trucking along? Or maybe you'd like to build on the skills you already have, to open up more job opportunities? The new Heavy Vehicle Driving Operations job ready skill set is for you, and the training is free for eligible students*!

Heavy vehicles are vital in WA, to transport food and other items across our great state and cross-country. Your training will include not only the theoretical knowledge required to work as a heavy vehicle driver, but also practical driving instruction for operation of a heavy rigid (HR); heavy combination (HC); or multi-combination (MC) vehicle.

Training + hands-on experience

This six-week program will get you job ready with skills and knowledge that employers are looking for, including:

  • work health and safety procedures;
  • carrying out inspections;
  • how to secure, load and unload cargo;
  • apply work fatigue management strategies; and
  • use and maintain mechanical equipment.

Plus there's a practical driving instruction training component, which will be conducted in a range of conditions and locations and with coaching from qualified and experienced drivers.

On successful completion, you'll obtain a licence for an HR, HC or MC class vehicle and you can also apply for a forklift (LF) licence. This is subject to passing a Department of Transport licence assessment.

You will also receive credit for units in the Certificate III in Driving Operations traineeship, which you could then go on to complete with an employer and earn while you continue to learn. 

Can I access this program?

You are eligible for a subsidised training place if you have left school, your primary place of residence is in Western Australia and you are:

  • an Australian citizen; or
  • a permanent visa holder or holder of visa subclass 309, 444, 785, 790, 820 or 826;
  • a dependent or spouse of the primary holder of a visa subclass 457; or
  • a Bridging Visa E holder (subclasses 050 and 051) and you have made a valid application for a visa of subclass 785 or 790.

Interstate apprentices and trainees may be eligible for publicly funded training in WA. You can find more information about eligibility requirements in the Department's VET fees and charges policy.

Please contact your TAFE college or private training provider, for further information about eligibility and fees.  

Connecting you with job opportunities 

This job ready program combines formal training with real, hands-on experience through practical hours of driving heavy haulage vehicles. It has been developed to get you job ready to join the transport and logistics industry, which currently has a huge demand for skilled workers. 

The program also includes industry mentoring for program graduates, co-ordinated by Western Roads Federation, to help connect you with employers and get on the road.

To find out more about entry requirements and eligibility for free training, please download our information flyer.

Please note that due to WorkSafe’s forklift licensing requirements, you must be 18 years or older to enrol in this program.

*The formal training component of the course is free for eligible students. The practical driving lessons are highly subsidised to reduce fees; however fees do apply for these. Please see the information flyer for further information about eligibility for free training, and other information about this program. Licence fees apply. 

Am I eligible for free training?

This program is free for the following eligible students. 

  • Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding students enrolled at school)
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the JobSeeker payment, or in receipt of services from Commonwealth support or employment services programs Jobactive, Online Employment Services, or ParentsNext
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding a pensioner concession card or  Health Care Card; or a Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution

Course and resource fees will apply for non-eligible students— please check with your TAFE or training provider. 

Please note: you must also be eligible to participate in this program, as per the information under "Can I access this program?"

Ageing and Disability Job Ready program

Ageing and disability are two of the fastest growing areas of healthcare in Western Australia. They both offer fantastic opportunities for a rewarding and fulfilling career, where you can make a positive difference to the lives of others and in the wider community.

Developed in partnership with Community Skills WA and key industry partners, the Ageing and Disability Job Ready program will get you job ready with key skills and knowledge, including how to meet personal support needs. 

You will also gain real hands on industry experience through work placement with an aged care or disability support employer, as part of the program.
 

Can I access this program?

You are eligible for a subsidised training place if you have left school, your primary place of residence is in Western Australia and you are:

  • an Australian citizen; or
  • a permanent visa holder or holder of visa subclass 309, 444, 785, 790, 820 or 826;
  • a dependent or spouse of the primary holder of a visa subclass 457; or
  • a Bridging Visa E holder (subclasses 050 and 051) and you have made a valid application for a visa of subclass 785 or 790.

Interstate apprentices and trainees may be eligible for publicly funded training in WA. You can find more information about eligibility requirements in the Department's VET fees and charges policy.

Please contact your TAFE college or private training provider, for further information about eligibility and fees.  

Please note: The Ageing and Disability Job Ready program is available only to participants 18 years of age or above.  

Once you complete the program and are job ready to join the ageing and disability workforce, you may:

  • receive an offer of employment with your work placement employer;
  • be offered a traineeship in aged care or disability work;
  • have opportunities to use your skills to transition into an allied health occupation; and
  • connect with other employment opportunities and/or complete further studies to again a qualification in aged care or disability support.

You will also have exclusive free access to Job Ready Connect, to help connect you with job opportunities.

 

Am I eligible for free training?

This program is free for the following eligible students. 

  • Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding students enrolled at school)
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the JobSeeker payment, or in receipt of services from Commonwealth support or employment services programs Jobactive, Online Employment Services, or ParentsNext
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding a pensioner concession card or  Health Care Card; or a Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution

Course and resource fees will apply for non-eligible students— please check with your TAFE or training provider. 

Please note: you must also be eligible to participate in this program, as per the information under "Can I access this program?"

Start your career in aged care or disability support!

Take the next step and complete the Ageing and Disability Job Ready program Expression of interest online form via the link below, or follow the instructions in the information flyer. Once we receive your completed form, you may be invited to attend an orientation forum where you’ll gain insights into working in aged care and disability support, start connecting with industry and employers, and start your program enrolment.

For further information about the Ageing and Disability Job Ready program, please contact us on 08 6551 5049 or via email to swad@dtwd.wa.gov.au

Bricklaying Job Ready program

The Bricklaying Job Ready program has been developed in consultation with the WA Construction Training Fund and key industry partners, to create skilled and job ready workers for WA’s building and construction industry.

Through this program, you will complete the Work Safety in Construction short course skill set — which teaches work safety practices, how to use a range of construction equipment and tools including levelling devices, and skills to work in a construction team.

The program offers a combination of training at a TAFE college or registered training organisation, and four days of work placement with an industry employer on a building and construction worksite. 

Can I access this program?

You are eligible for a subsidised training place if you have left school, your primary place of residence is in Western Australia and you are:

  • an Australian citizen; or
  • a permanent visa holder or holder of visa subclass 309, 444, 785, 790, 820 or 826;
  • a dependent or spouse of the primary holder of a visa subclass 457; or
  • a Bridging Visa E holder (subclasses 050 and 051) and you have made a valid application for a visa of subclass 785 or 790.

Interstate apprentices and trainees may be eligible for publicly funded training in WA. You can find more information about eligibility requirements in the Department's VET fees and charges policy.

Please contact your TAFE college or private training provider, for further information about eligibility and fees.  

You'll learn how to use a range of construction equipment and tools including levelling devices, gain the skills to work in a construction team, and learn about basic bricklaying for new and existing structures including residential homes, units and apartments. 

When you successfully complete the program, you may be offered a bricklaying apprenticeship.
You will also have exclusive free access to Job Ready Connect. 

 

Please note: To participate in this program, it is desirable to hold a valid driver's licence.

Am I eligible for free training?

This program is free for the following eligible students. 

  • Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding students enrolled at school)
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the JobSeeker payment, or in receipt of services from Commonwealth support or employment services programs Jobactive, Online Employment Services, or ParentsNext
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding a pensioner concession card or  Health Care Card; or a Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution

Course and resource fees will apply for non-eligible students— please check with your TAFE or training provider. 

Please note: you must also be eligible to participate in this program, as per the information under "Can I access this program?"

Ready to kickstart your bricklaying career?

If this sounds like the opportunity you've been waiting for, please complete the Bricklaying Job Ready program Expression of interest online form via the link below or follow the instructions in the information flyer.  For further information about the Bricklaying Job Ready program, please contact us on 6551 5049 or via email to bricklayingjobready@dtwd.wa.gov.au.

Infrastructure Ready program

Designed with WA's leading civil construction employers, the Infrastructure  Ready program will get you job ready to work on a range of civil construction projects. With the investment in infrastructure projects over the next four years, the jobs are waiting for you! Many large projects are underway across Perth and regional areas; including METRONET and road projects and building, upgrading and maintaining schools and community facilities, and this program will get you job ready to be part of this exciting work. 

Through this program, you'll complete the Infrastructure Ready skill set — with a combination of training at a TAFE college or registered training organisation, and four days of work placement with an industry employer where you'll gain hands on work experience.

You'll learn about working safely on construction sites, carrying out measurements and calculations, preparing and organising construction work, and operating small plant and equipment used in construction projects. The program also focuses on safe work practices, and includes your white card.

Can I access this program?

You are eligible for a subsidised training place if you have left school, your primary place of residence is in Western Australia and you are:

  • an Australian citizen; or
  • a permanent visa holder or holder of visa subclass 309, 444, 785, 790, 820 or 826;
  • a dependent or spouse of the primary holder of a visa subclass 457; or
  • a Bridging Visa E holder (subclasses 050 and 051) and you have made a valid application for a visa of subclass 785 or 790.

Interstate apprentices and trainees may be eligible for publicly funded training in WA. You can find more information about eligibility requirements in the Department's VET fees and charges policy.

Please contact your TAFE college or private training provider, for further information about eligibility and fees.  

When you successfully complete the program, you may be offered employment.

You will also have exclusive free access to Job Ready Connect. 


Everyone is welcome to register for this program, and priority diversity groups, including  youth (18—24 years old), mature age persons (45+ years old) and females are encouraged.

Please note: To participate in this program, it is desirable to hold a valid driver's licence and be over 18 years of age. 

Am I eligible for free training?

This program is free for the following eligible* students. 

  • Persons aged 15—24 years at the time of enrolment (excluding students enrolled at school)
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the JobSeeker payment, or in receipt of services from Commonwealth support or employment services programs Jobactive, Online Employment Services, or ParentsNext
  • Persons and dependents of persons receiving the Youth Allowance, AUSTUDY or ABSTUDY
  • Persons and dependents of persons holding a pensioner concession card or  Health Care Card; or a Repatriation Health Benefits Card issued by the Department of Veterans' Affairs
  • Dependents of persons who are inmates of a custodial institution

Course and resource fees will apply for non-eligible students— please check with your TAFE or training provider. 

Please note: you must also be eligible to participate in this program, as per the information under "Can I access this program?"

Get started in building your future in Civil Construction!

Take the next step and register your interest. Please complete the Infrastructure Ready program Expression of interest online form via the link below or follow the instructions in the information flyer.  For further information about the Infrastructure Job Ready programplease contact us on 6551 5049 or via email to irp@dtwd.wa.gov.au. 

Skills Ready — Free and half price courses!

There's never been a better time to get into training!

Skills Ready: Free short courses and skill sets!

We have worked closely with WA industries, businesses and employers to find out the types of skills needed right now and for future jobs, then developed free short courses and skill sets using units from nationally recognised vocational qualifications.  There's a range of infection control skill sets that are free for everyone, and a suite of job ready skill sets in a range of industry areas — some free for everyone, and others free for eligible students including people aged 15—24 and all jobseekers looking for work. 
 

Lower fees, local skills — Course fees slashed!

We have slashed the course fees on over 180 qualifications by half — some by as much as 72 per cent — through the Lower fees, local skills program! From entry level pre-apprenticeships and pre-traineeships, through to Certificates II, III, IV and even Diploma level qualifications — including apprenticeships and traineeships — there's sure to be something that matches your career goals. 
 

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Need some support or assistance?

Jobs and Skills Centres, located across Perth and regional Western Australia, provide free information and support about training and career choices. They can help you decide which pathway to take, and they also work closely with local employers so they know where the jobs are.  All services are free! Contact your local JSC to find out how they can help you.