Jobs and Skills WA and VET programs

Jobs and Skills WA and VET programs

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.

Additionally, 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.


Apprenticeships and traineeships

Under Jobs and Skills WA there are more than 500 State priority listed apprenticeships and traineeships to choose from in a broad range of industries.

The Department of Training and Workforce Development's Apprenticeship Office administers training contracts and regulates the apprenticeship system in Western Australia as prescribed in Part 7 of the Vocational Education and Training Act 1996 (the VET Act) and associated Regulations.

The Apprenticeship Office has a compliance role that includes audits on training plans, assessments on employers' suitability to train their apprentice(s), and ensuring that regulatory requirements are maintained across the apprenticeship/traineeship system. It also provides a dispute resolution service for employers and apprentices/trainees where disagreement may arise under the training contract.

Visit the Apprenticeship Office website to find out more about their role.


The Commonwealth Government provides support services to employers and apprentices via the Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers. This includes job placement and sign-up services for apprentices, and providing information and advice for employers.



The Department provides the WA pre-apprenticeship program to prepare students and make them more competitive when applying for an apprenticeship.

A pre-apprenticeship is a Certificate II program that includes a mandatory period of work placement (workplace experience) coordinated by the training provider. The aim is to provide students with industry specific training, combined with adequate time in a real workplace, to gain skills, knowledge and behaviours to transition into an indentured apprenticeship. There are many pre-apprenticeship courses on offer at registered training organisations across the State.

Information about the pre-apprenticeship in schools program is available in the VET Programs for Secondary Students section of this website 

Page last updated December 21, 2017