For employers and business

In today’s ever-changing business world it’s important to have a skilled workforce that can learn and grow with you, and adapt to both challenges and opportunities. A smart employer knows that a focus on their people is just as important as a focus on finance or any other aspect of the business. 

Vocational education and training (VET) – whether that's taking on an apprentice or trainee, upskilling  your existing workforce or undertaking specialised training in new technologies or processes – can take your business forward to its next level of success.  Keeping your team up to date with the latest skills and knowledge will not only keep operations moving forward and increase productivity but it can also improve employee engagement, leading to better retention of staff.

Whatever your requirements, your local Jobs and Skills Centre can offer advice and information about the ways that training can give your business a competitive edge and engage your workforce.

Training solutions

If you run a business or employ workers in Western Australia, there are a number of different ways that training can help to give your business a competitive edge and engage your workforce. You could take on an apprentice or trainee, upskill your existing workforce or support them to gain formal recognition of their skills and knowledge, or even undertake a customised training solution developed specifically for your business operations.

The following information may help you find the right solution for your business. You should also take a look at the Training and development topic in the Resources for Employers section of this website.

Apprenticeships and traineeships

Apprenticeships and traineeships are a great way to recruit new staff or to help your existing staff to increase their skills and knowledge. There are hundreds of apprenticeships and traineeships available with options to employ full time, part time, vocational education and training in school students and mature age apprentices and trainees. Apprenticeships tend to be in traditional trades, whereas traineeships are usually in non-trade areas such as business. A number of financial incentives are available to employers who take on apprentices and trainees.

If you are a business considering hiring an apprentice or trainee, this short video featuring AFL Legend Kevin Sheedy features interviews with the staff and apprentices of businesses that have enjoyed sustainable growth by investing in apprentices and trainees.

The Australian Government's contracted Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) providers can provide information about how apprenticeships and traineeships could contribute to the development of your workforce.

For more information visit the Australian Apprenticeships website or contact the WA AASN providers on 13 38 73. 

Recognition of prior learning

You may already have a skilled workforce, but are their skills and experience recognised? You can help your staff gain formal recognition towards a nationally recognised qualification for the skills and knowledge they already have.

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is a process that assesses the skills and knowledge your staff may have obtained through their work experience, studies and life experiences against the required competencies of a qualification. RPL can be granted for partial or total completion of a qualification and employees can be assessed at the workplace, ensuring minimum disruption for employers and business operations.

For more information please contact your preferred training provider or visit the RPL section of the Career Exploration website

Training programs

There are many training providers that can design, develop and deliver tailored solutions to meet the needs of your business. Help is available if you need to up-skill or re-skill your workforce, train staff to support new technology or processes, or require a customised training program to provide professional or occupational development.

Contact your local TAFE college or private training provider to discuss your training requirements.

Contact details for all WA TAFE colleges are available here  or you can search for private training providers in WA on the myskills website.  

Training courses and qualifications

Vocational education and training (VET) is focused on the development of skills and knowledge that directly aligns with the needs of industry and business.

VET courses and qualifications are generally very practical in nature, focusing on 'how to'. They also provide nationally recognised qualifications, ranging from entry-level through to Graduate Diploma level, providing a structured skills development pathway that can grow with your business. Because VET courses and qualifications are made up of individual units of competency, they can be customised and tailored to suit your workplace needs. 

Your local Jobs and Skills Centre can provide advice about how to make VET work for you.

Group training organisations

Perhaps your business would benefit from having an apprentice or trainee, but you may not have capacity to employ one because you:

  • are unable to offer an apprentice or trainee a permanent position or guarantee ongoing work for the duration of the apprenticeship or traineeship;
  • might not have the range of work available to ensure that the apprentice or trainee gains all the necessary job skills for their qualification; or
  • don’t have the time to undertake all the employment and on-the-job training responsibilities that are required.

Group Training Organisations (GTOs) can assist. GTOs employ apprentices and trainees and hire them to other businesses, referred to as host employers, while they undertake their training. Some specialise in a particular industry, while others may cater for an entire region and cover many industries.

As the primary employer, the GTO:

  • selects the apprentice or trainee;
  • manages and monitors the on and off-the-job training, including the training contract;
  • is responsible for all paperwork related to wages and allowances, superannuation, workers’ compensation, sick or holiday pay etc; and
  • issues uniforms, tools, PPE etc as required.

With a GTO, you’re not locked into a long term arrangement – you can change and move your arrangements for hosting the apprentice or trainee as and when required to suit your business needs. You pay only for the actual hours worked, and do not have to manage all the administration tasks. You can even access apprentices and trainees at different experience levels, right up to experienced fourth year apprentices.

To find out more, contact a GTO in your industry area or talk to your local Jobs and Skills Centre.


Establishing a GTO in WA

The GTO registration process comprises of an initial information session with the entity seeking to consider becoming a GTO, to discuss the business planning to be undertaken and demonstrating compliance with the National Standards for Group Training Organisations 2017.

Further details are provided in our fact sheet.

View the Establishing a GTO in WA fact sheet


For more information on group training, and a copy of the national standards and related evidence guide, please visit the Australian Apprenticeships website.

Financial incentives for employers

There is a range of financial incentives to encourage employers, business and industry to engage with training.

Australian Government Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program

This program aims to contribute to the development of a highly skilled and relevant Australian workforce that supports economic sustainability and competitiveness by encouraging:

  • genuine opportunities for skills-based training and development of employees; and
  • people to enter into skills-based training through an Australian Apprenticeship,
Construction training fund (CTF) financial support

The CTF is helping to develop the skills required in a modern, safe and productive building and construction industry by supporting training programs across all sectors of the industry. It offers a range of incentives for employers and apprentices.

For more information, please visit the CTF website

Payroll tax exemptions

The WA State Government currently provides payroll tax exemption for employers of apprentices.

  • Payroll tax exemption for existing worker traineeships only applies to contracts lodged prior to 1 December 2017.
  • Payroll tax exemption for new worker traineeships was removed for all contracts lodged with the Department from 1 July 2019.

The State Government has flagged further changes to the thresholds for payroll tax, which will affect employer eligibility for the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive.

Further information is available from the Office of State Revenue.

Training and accommodation allowance (TAA)

The Department of Training and Workforce Development offers a training and accommodation allowance to assist employers, apprentices and trainees with travel and accommodation related to the completion of their off-the-job training component.

For more information about TAA, please visit the Department's website

Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive

The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive (the incentive) provides financial assistance to Western Australian businesses who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee and who have lodged the training contract for registration on or after 1 July 2019.

The aim of the incentive is to increase apprenticeship and traineeship commencements by providing employers with assistance to meet the costs of employing an apprentice or trainee.

Find out if you are eligible to access this funding on our Employer Incentive page.

For information about financial incentives and subsidies not related to training, please browse through the Resources for Employers section of this website.