Skilling Australians

Introduction SAF

The Department is proud to be participating in the Skilling Australians Fund — part of the Commonwealth Government’s commitment to the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The program works in partnership with state and territory governments through the National Partnership on the Skilling Australians Fund (NPSAF).

We are working with industry, businesses and employers, training providers and other stakeholders to develop, introduce and support key strategies and VET programs across Western Australia's priority industries and the occupations that are most in demand – now, and into the future. 

NPSAF is providing up to $110 million in funding to meet the training needs of industry and grow the number of apprenticeships and traineeships. This funding is matched by the Western Australian Government, and is aligned with the achievement of performance-based outcomes. 

Key areas of focus include:

  • incentives to encourage employers to take on apprentices and new entrant trainees (the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive);
  • establishing a pre-traineeship program to support employment pathways (the Pre-traineeship Program);
  • developing an Enterprise Training Program (ETP) to enable businesses to address skill gaps and future workforce requirements; and
  • developing work placement programs that support and improve employment outcomes for VET students. 

2019 programs and initiatives

We are working collaboratively with employers, business and industry and training providers to ensure that the programs offer appropriate levels of support to build and grow the skills required by our workforce; now, and into the future.  To ensure you keep up to date with the latest news and information regarding these programs and initiatives, we invite you to subscribe to our free monthly VETinfoNews email newsletter

Please use the following links to find out more.

The following information will be useful for an overview and comparison of the three current programs, and for decision-making regarding the ETP and/or PTP for your organisation.

View the Program comparison chart 

Is the PTP right for me? View the decision making flowchart.
Is the ETP right for me? View the decision making flowchart.

Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive

An employer, with two apprentices.

The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive (the incentive) provides financial assistance to Western Australian businesses who employ an apprentice or new entrant trainee and who have lodged the training contract for registration on or after 1 July 2019The aim of the incentive is to increase apprenticeship and traineeship commencements by providing employers with assistance to meet the costs of employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee.

The incentive is aligned with the State Government's Our Priorities: Sharing Prosperity plan to create 150,000 extra jobs in Western Australia by 2023-24. 

Full details of the incentive, including FAQs and information related to eligibility, how much an employer can receive, and how to access the incentive, please visit the Jobs and Skills WA website.



The Pre-traineeships program

The Pre-traineeships Program (PTP) is an exciting initiative that offers students the opportunity to gain valuable industry-based skills, knowledge and experience through a combination of on and off the job training. The program also provides potential employers with an opportunity to provide work placement to students, and access program graduates who have been screened for suitability to work in the sector and can offer core skills identified as critical for new entrants.

Currently the program is being conducted as a pilot for two newly developed qualifications in Aged Care and Disability Support, providing potential new entrants with industry specific training, combined with time in a real work place to gain skills, knowledge and behaviours that could lead to an indentured traineeship and set up a career pathway.  The Department is working closely with the Community Services Health and Education training council to assess the program, with a view to extending it to other industry areas following the initial pilot.

Please browse the following resources for an overview of the PTP.

Further information about the pre-traineeship courses is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website


Enterprise Training Program

The Enterprise Training Program (ETP) is to address skill priorities for existing workers, supporting workforce development and ensuring that workers have the required level of skills and knowledge for the organisation's needs. The program enables individual organisations or a consortium of organisations to identify skill gaps and work with a registered training organisation (RTO) to develop training to suit and meet their organisation’s needs.

Currently the ETP is being conducted as a pilot with organisations from the Social Assistance and Allied Health sectors, with training that utilises qualifications,  skills sets or units of competence contained within the Health or Community Services training packages as per the approved list. The Department is working closely with the Community Services Health and Education Training Council to assess the program, with a view to extending it to other industry areas following the initial pilot.

Please browse the following resources for an overview of the ETP.

Page last updated July 28, 2020