Apprenticeship program boosting youth employment for South West WA

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery and Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke today visited Schlam Engineering in Waroona, a local business committed to training the next generation of young tradespeople.

Working in collaboration with registered training organisation Group Training South West, Schlam Engineering has a dedicated apprenticeship program employing and training local youth to ensure a skilled and local workforce. Five apprentices are currently undertaking a Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication.

Local resident 18-year old Zachary Faulkner joined Schlam Engineering as an apprentice boilermaker in 2018, and believes the hands on experience he has learnt through the apprenticeship program will open doors for future opportunities in the mining industry. His skills have already been recognised, with Zachary being honoured as an Apprentice of the Year finalist in the 2018 Apprenticeship and Traineeship Company Awards.

The Certificate III in Engineering Fabrication is one of 34 courses that will be half price and capped from 1 January 2020 under the Lower fees, local skills initiative.  The 50 per cent course fee reductions have been targeted to align with emerging areas of jobs growth, the State's economic diversification strategy Diversify WA and important sectors of the local economy, including aged and disability care, METRONET and civil construction, defence, hospitality and tourism. Schlam Engineering is also eligible for the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive, which provides up to $8,500 for employing an apprentice or trainee.

More information about the Lower fees, local skills program and the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive is available on the Jobs and Skills WA website.

Find out more about Lower fees, local skills half-price courses

Find out more about the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive

“With TAFE fees for young people halved and capped at $400 this is an ideal opportunity for young people to get skills in areas of job growth." says Minister Ellery. “We are committed to working with local businesses such as Schlam Engineering by providing financial assistance to help with the cost of employing apprentices and trainees and reducing the cost of training in areas of jobs growth.”

Page last updated January 13, 2020