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$21.5 million for WA construction apprentices

The WA government has announced an additional $21.5 million to expand the Group Training Organisation (GTO) Wage Subsidy Program

An additional 150 places for apprentices will be funded through the 2024–25 State Budget and made available to GTOs immediately.

The program enables GTOs to provide opportunities for Western Australians to complete an apprenticeship, through paid hands-on skills training across a diverse range of projects.

The GTO Wage Subsidy provides up to $135,000 for a four-year apprenticeship, to cover the average estimated award wage of full-time apprentices working in small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the building and construction industry.

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The program helps to grow the supply of skilled workers for the building and construction industry across a variety of trades including carpentry, electrical and plumbing and gasfitting.

SMEs can engage with a GTO to become a host employer for apprentices and trainees.

To support Western Australian construction businesses to fill the demand for a skilled workforce the state government has also introduced an $11 million Construction Visa Subsidy Program.

The program will provide grant payments of up to $10,000 to support skilled migration visa pathways for workers and help offset costs such as migration agent fees, visa application fees and relocation expenses.

More information about the GTO Wage Subsidy Program is available at www.jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/gws

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