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Cash boost for WA apprentices

WA construction apprentices to get $1,000 milestone payments

The WA government has announced $52.3 million in funding for building and construction apprenticeships and training opportunities as part of 2024-25 State Budget.

Milestone payments of $1,000 will be made available for eligible apprentices after they complete training milestones, with a range of new initiatives funded in the 2024–25 State Budget.

Funded through the Construction Training Fund (CTF), the $21.2 million Apprenticeship Support Package expands on the existing successful Apprentice Completion Grant program, which has issued more than 1,000 completion payments since it was announced in 2023–24.

The first $1,000 annual milestone payments will be available for eligible apprentices to claim from 1 January 2025, with claims able to be made up to 12 months after completion.

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A $16 million boost to the Government’s Apprentice Tool Allowance will mean eligible apprentices are entitled to a $1,000 rebate to help them purchase tools or safety equipment at both commencement and completion of their training.

In recognition of the costs associated with employing and training an apprentice, $26 million has been allocated through the 2024–25 State Budget to provide additional support to employers in the building and construction industry.

Eligible employers of three to four-year apprentices will receive a base grant of $15,000, up from $12,000 previously. Employers of 18 to 24-month apprentices will receive a base grant of $12,500, up from $10,000.

Bonus rates for employing a female or mature-aged apprentice or trainee will also be doubled from 20 per cent to 40 per cent, to help improve diversity in building and construction and address skills shortages by tapping into traditionally underutilised areas of the workforce.

A further $5 million has been allocated to CTF’s Capital Grants Program for private registered training organisations to upgrade facilities and equipment to expand their construction training capacity.

The state government is also continuing its investment of $470,00 to provide regional building and construction apprentices with an increased travel and accommodation allowance to assist with transport and accommodation costs incurred if required to travel more than 70 kilometres from home as part of off-the-job training.

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