The State Government has negotiated a fair deal for Western Australia, with up to $126 million available to create thousands of jobs for apprenticeships and traineeships, after signing up to the Federal Government's Skilling Australians Fund National Partnership. In addition, the national partnership will also provide funding for thousands of pre-apprenticeships – a career pathway that is strongly supported by industry. The national partnership funding will also be used for skills development to support the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Key to the national partnership is an employer incentive scheme that will provide training support to employers, including small businesses.
Funded from changes to payroll tax exemptions for traineeships and the national partnership, the scheme will enable the Government to target assistance to better meet the State's workforce priorities. Industry will be consulted throughout the development of the incentive scheme to ensure it meets the sector's needs and encourages high-quality, on-the-job training.