Expanding career options for women 2018

Expanding career options for women 2018

Applications for the 2018 scholarship round are now open. Apply now! 

The Expanding career options for women scholarship program is a joint initiative of the Department of Local Government and Communities, the Construction Training Fund and the Department of Training and Workforce Development. Over a period of four years 400 scholarships in a variety of industry areas will be offered to eligible women in metropolitan and regional areas. Women and employers of women are encouraged to apply.

Scholarships of up to $3 000 are available for women who are planning to take up training in non-traditional industries where women currently make up less than 25% of the total workforce.

Scholarships can help with the costs associated with training, including:

  • student fees; 
  • learning resources, and tools and equipment; 
  • mentoring and coaching;
  • accommodation and transport; and 
  • childcare fees.

There are more than 240 qualifications to choose from, starting at Certificate II level. View the list of qualifications for the 2018 program. If you would like to start a career or upskill, register your interest for the 2018 scholarship program.

2018 scholarships explained

Scholarships are available to women and employers of women. $1 000 will be available for women planning to undertake an approved apprenticeship or traineeship and their employer will receive a $2 000 incentive payment. $3 000 will be available for women planning to undertake a training course (that is not an apprenticeship or traineeship).

A scholarship is not a guarantee of a training place.  You will still need to apply to undertake your qualification at an approved registered training provider. You need to enrol and start your training in 2018. If you are intending to do an apprenticeship or traineeship qualification, you will need to secure an offer of an apprenticeship or traineeship with an employer.

Frequently asked questions

Eligible qualifications list

Approved training provider list



To apply for an individual scholarship you must be:

  • a woman who will have left school by 1 January 2018; and
  • a Western Australian resident and either:
  • an Australian citizen;
  • permanent resident or holder of Visa subclass 309, 820, or 826; or
  • a dependent or spouse of the primary holder of a visa subclass 457;

If you are already receiving another scholarship for your course of study, or have previously claimed a payment under the Expanding Career Options for Women program then you are not eligible to apply.


Employers applying for $2 000 incentive payment must be planning to enter into a training contract, with a female apprentice/trainee in 2018, in an eligible qualification.

Applying and claiming your scholarship

If you need guidance on choosing the right training options, or help with planning your career, visit the Career Centre website or telephone 13 64 64.

1 Apply for the scholarship

Select a qualification and a training provider from the lists. Register your interest and we will send you the link to the application form when applications open. (Applications close 31 October 2017 for 2018 scholarships.) You will be notified of the outcome of your application by the Department of Training and Workforce Development in December 2017.  If you are successful you will receive a scholarship claim form.

2 Apply and enrol into a course / commence an apprenticeship or traineeship 

If you are awarded an institutional scholarship, apply to an approved training provider for a place on your selected course and follow their instructions to enrol.

If you are an individual awarded an apprenticeship or traineeship scholarship, find an employer who will employ you in 2018 as an apprentice or trainee.

If you are an employer awarded an apprenticeship or traineeship scholarship, recruit and employ an eligible woman in 2018 in the apprenticeship or traineeship.

3 Claim your scholarship

Once you have passed your course census date, or probation date if you are an apprentice/trainee (your training provider will tell you what this date is), submit a scholarship claim form. The Department will process your claim form and pay your scholarship funds to you.

Page last updated September 07, 2017