Jobs and Skills WA

Jobs and Skills WA

Jobs and Skills WA

As Western Australia’s economy grows and diversifies, the outlook for jobs is constantly changing. Jobs and Skills WA is the way the State Government, through the Department, prioritises its investment in training to focus on courses that equip people to take up jobs that are, or will be, in high demand. Priorities include apprenticeships, eligible traineeships and priority industry qualifications.

Many other important industry qualifications are also subsidised under Jobs and Skills WA, including general industry training courses and foundation skills and equity courses.


Am I eligible for subsidised training?

You are eligible for a subsidised training place if you have left school, your primary place of residence is in Western Australia and you are:

  • an Australian citizen; or
  • a permanent visa holder or holder of visa subclass 309, 820 or 826; or
  • a dependent or spouse of the primary holder of a visa subclass 457.

Interstate apprentices and trainees may be eligible for publicly funded training in WA. You can find more information about eligibility requirements in the Department’s VET fees and charges policy.

Please note that access to subsidised training is subject to availability.


What courses are available and subsidised?

A range of training options and courses are available and subsidised under Jobs and Skills WA. The following information provides an overview and a list of eligible qualifications and courses.

  • Apprenticeships and traineeships

    There are more than 500 apprenticeships and traineeships to choose from, in a broad range of industries.

    View the list of apprenticeships
    (v1: Effective 1 January 2018)

    View the list of eligible traineeships
    (v1: Effective 1 January 2018)

    For more information about apprenticeships and traineeships, please see the Training section of this website.

  • Priority industry qualifications

    Priority industry qualifications equip students to take up jobs in skilled occupations that are in high demand across Western Australia. The Priority industry qualifications list (PIQL) is updated each year to reflect changes in the WA economy.

    Where a job aligns to a priority industry qualification that is no longer in highest demand, the qualification is labelled transitional. Students enrolled in a transitional priority industry qualification in 2018 are advised that the course may be reclassified as a general industry training course in 2019. Where this occurs, any units commenced in 2019 will attract the higher course fee rate that applies to general industry training courses. The transitional qualifications are identified separately in the PIQL.

    View the list of priority industry qualifications for 2018
    (v1: effective 1 January 2018)

  • General industry training courses

    The State Government subsidises courses for many important industry qualifications that fall outside of the 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.

    If you would like to study a State Government subsidised general industry training course, please look at our 'Choosing a training provider' information to find out more about courses offered at WA TAFE colleges. Some preferred private training providers also offer a range of general industry training courses to individuals who require additional assistance to access training.

    Please note that specific student eligibility requirements apply.

  • Foundation skills courses

    The State 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. Around 99% of course costs are subsidised by the State Government, for over 30 foundation skills courses. The Course in Applied Vocational Study Skills (CAVSS) and the Underpinning Skills for Industry Qualifications (USIQ) course are both delivered free of charge.

    The Foundation skills course 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
    (v1: Effective 1 January 2018)

  • Equity courses

    Equity courses promote equality of opportunity in gaining access to vocational education and training (VET), or employment. Like foundation skills courses, students pay a relatively small fee for equity courses with around 99% of the course subsidised by the State Government.

    The list of equity courses identifies those that are currently eligible to receive a government subsidy, subject to available budget.

    View the list of equity courses
    (v1: Effective 1 January 2018)

  • Existing worker traineeships

    The State Government also subsidises eligible existing workers to undertake traineeships  at Certificate IV and above level courses that are aligned to state priority occupations.

    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.

    View the list of subsidised existing worker traineeships
    (v1: Effective 1 January 2018)


For training providers

Jobs and Skills WA encourages healthy competition among providers and offers enhanced choices to students and employers.

Under Jobs and Skills WA, contracting arrangement processes have been streamlined and strengthened to support greater quality training provision. The focus is on efficient and effective selection and management of contracted private registered training organisations.

All information for training providers, VET practitioners and schools can be found in the Training providers and schools section of this website.


Jobs and Skills Centres

The Department is working with TAFE colleges, service providers and other stakeholders to establish Jobs and Skills Centres (JSCs) to fulfil the election commitment to transform Western Australia's TAFE colleges into industry skill centres. A Statewide network of centres, plus a number of outreach services, will deliver career, employment and training services to jobseekers, individuals, business and industry.

Centres will be positioned across WA in metropolitan and regional areas and will be a one-stop-shop for students, jobseekers and businesses to take up the training and job opportunities that will be created by the future growth and diversification of our State's economy.

The Centres will be staffed by people who can provide free professional and practical advice on training and employment opportunities including careers advice, apprenticeship and training information, partnerships with industry, and also help with job searching and direct links into work.

Six metropolitan JSCs will open between April and June 2018. More information on JSC locations and services will be provided as it becomes available.

Page last updated December 21, 2017