These courses provide skills and knowledge that align with current needs for industry and employers. Future Skills WA will guarantee eligible students a State Government subsidised training place in these State priority training courses in Western Australia, and these courses attract the highest level of Government subsidy.
State priority training courses include:
- over 150 priority industry qualifications;
- all apprenticeships and many traineeships; and
- two priority foundation courses.
Priority industry qualifications
Priority industry qualifications equip students to take up jobs in skilled occupations that are in high demand across Western Australia. Priority industry qualifications change each year as the Western Australian economy changes.
Qualifications that no longer align to the highest priority jobs in the State are called transitional qualifications. These transitional qualifications will remain on the Priority industry qualifications list for at least one additional year and are highlighted in the list. Importantly, transitional qualifications may be reclassified as general industry training in 2018 and attract a higher fee.
View the list of priority industry qualifications for 2017
The State Government subsidises courses for many important industry qualifications that fall outside of the State priority training courses; these are called general industry training courses. This recognises the benefits training brings to students, to industry and to the State as a whole. The main difference between State priority courses and general industry training courses is that students are not guaranteed a place in general industry training courses, so they may be more competitive to get into. They are also subject to different fee and subsidy levels.
If you would like to study a State Government subsidised general industry training course, please contact a TAFE college directly or check the TAFE Choices website to see which courses they offer. Some preferred private training providers also offer a range of general industry training courses, to individuals who require additional assistance to access training. Specific student eligibility requirements apply.
The Government also subsidises eligible existing workers to undertake traineeships in higher level (ie Certificate IV and above) priority courses. An existing worker is defined as a person employed with the same employer continuously for more than three months full time or 12 months casual or part time or a combination of both, immediately prior to the commencement date of the training contract.
Existing worker traineeship qualifications that were funded in 2016 and did not meet the criteria for inclusion on the list in 2017 will continue to be funded under a transitional arrangement whereby:
- trainees who are studying transitional qualifications and whose training contracts were received by the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s Apprenticeship Office on or prior to 31 December 2017 will be funded until completion; and
- trainees who are studying transitional qualifications whose training contracts were received by the Department of Training and Workforce Development’s Apprenticeship Office after 31 December 2017 may not be funded in 2018.
View the 2017 list of existing worker traineeships that the Government subsidises. Transitional qualifications are marked with an asterisk.
Under Future Skills WA, students have access to two priority foundation skills courses – the Course in Applied Vocational Study Skills (CAVSS) and the Course in Underpinning Skills for Industry Qualifications (USIQ). These courses aim to build a student’s literacy, numeracy and employability skills to increase their chance of finishing their industry qualification.
These two priority foundation skills courses are always co-delivered with an industry qualification and are fully subsidised (free of charge to the student). Students who are already enrolled with an approved training provider in a Certificate II, III or IV industry qualification will be able to receive support and access these courses if the training provider makes a judgement that this will increase their chances of successfully finishing their training.
View the Priority foundation skills courses fact sheet
Other foundation skills and equity courses
The WA Government is committed to supporting students in developing language, literacy, numeracy and employability skills. Employability skills are the skills required for participation in the workplace such as collaboration, problem solving, self-management, digital literacy and technology skills. As well as guaranteeing free access to two priority foundation skills courses, the State Government also subsidises the majority of course costs for over 30 other foundation skills courses so that students pay only a relatively small fee.
The Foundation skills list outlines all the courses that are currently eligible to receive a government subsidy, subject to available budget.
View the list of Foundation skills courses
Equity courses promote equality of opportunity in gaining access to vocational education and training or employment. Like foundation skills courses, students pay a relatively small fee for equity courses.
The list of equity courses identifies the accredited courses and qualifications that are currently eligible to receive a government subsidy6, subject to available budget.
View the list of equity skills courses