New $32M wage subsidy supporting record infrastructure investment

A new $32.4 million wage subsidy that will create 300 new jobs for apprentices and trainees with group training schemes for Western Australia’s in-demand building and construction sector has been announced today.

The new Group Training Organisation (GTO) Wage Subsidy will provide small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with access to 150 additional and highly subsidised apprentices and trainees in 2022, and again in 2023, to work on State Government projects. The subsidy will help to ensure WA's longer term recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by supporting the construction sector with more apprentices and trainees, who are vital for building a diverse and skilled workforce.

The wage subsidy covers the average estimated award wage payable to apprentices and trainees in the building and construction sector, for the period of time the apprentice or trainee remains actively employed in a training contract. It will help to ensure WA’s recovery for the longer term by supporting the construction sector with more apprentices and trainees, who are vital for building a diverse and skilled workforce. It will ensure the building and construction sector can continue to support apprentices and trainees through their training while keeping WA's Asset Investment Program rolling and being responsive to industry needs. The 2021–22 State budget includes a record $30.7 billion infrastructure program over the next four years, designed to keep the economy strong by continuing a pipeline of construction work beyond the current boom.

More information, including eligibility criteria, can be found at cybercafeblog.com/gws

SMEs can contact their local group training organisation to find out more about the subsidy. A list of all WA GTOs is available at cybercafeblog.com/resources-employers/developing-your-workforce/training-and-development#group-training-organisations.

Read the full media statement here

Male and female surveyor with plans on a construction site.