Priority Start: Maximising opportunities for WA apprentices and trainees

The McGowan Government today delivered on their election commitment to provide more employment and training opportunities for apprentices and trainees in Western Australia, with the launch of the new Priority Start policy.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery said "The implementation of this policy is just one of the ways the McGowan Government is delivering on its commitment to rebuild the training sector and boost employment opportunities for apprentices and trainees. We know apprenticeships and traineeships are important for the ongoing growth and success of business and industry in Western Australia.”

Effective from 1 April 2019, the new Priority Start policy aims to increase the overall numbers of apprentices and trainees in the building and construction industry. The policy meets the McGowan Government’s Plan for Jobs commitment to increase training rates on WA State Government building, construction and maintenance contracts. The Priority Start policy replaces the previous Government building training policy.

The new Priority Start policy applies to State Government building, construction and maintenance contracts resulting from tenders released from 1 April 2019. Under the policy, all head contractors awarded State Government building, construction and maintenance contracts, valued over $5 million (incl GST), will be required to meet a target training rate across the combined construction trades workforce of their company and all subcontractors used for the contract.

Priority Start aims to develop a sustainable local supply of skilled workers for the building and construction industry by encouraging contractors to invest in the employment of apprentices and trainees. The Department of Training and Workforce Development will support the whole of government implementation of the policy.

“As part of my Plan for Jobs, we are committed to ensuring contractors on government funded infrastructure projects employ apprentices and trainees as part of developing a skilled workforce for the future.” Premier Mark McGowan said. “Setting target training rates on State Government building, construction and maintenance contracts will support a strong training culture within the building and construction industry. For example the new $428 million museum project has contributed to the employment of around 100 apprentices and trainees with the managing contractor Multiplex and its subcontractors.”

Further information on the new Priority Start policy is available on the Department’s website at dtwd.wa.gov.au/prioritystart


1554177424
Page last updated April 02, 2019