Future Skills WA is the way the WA State Government, through the Department of Training and Workforce Development, prioritises its investment in training to focus on courses that equip people to take up jobs that are or will be, in high demand. Future Skills WA provides a guaranteed, subsidised training place for eligible students enrolled in courses that are deemed State priority qualifications, where a training place is available.
Under the Future Skills WA funding structure, apprenticeships, traineeships (listed here), priority industry training qualifications (listed here) and foundation skills will receive the highest rate of subsidy, keeping fees for State priority courses as low as possible for students.
If a student falls outside these forms of funding, concession funding (which remains unchanged by the reforms) may also be available.
VET Student Loans commenced on 1 January 2017, replacing the VET FEE-HELP scheme, which ceased for new students on 31 December 2016. Information for students applying for a VET Student Loan is available here. For information on how RTOs can apply to become an approved provider please follow this link.
Under Future 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 (formerly ApprentiCentre) administers training contracts and regulates the apprenticeship system in Western Australia.
The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Australian Apprenticeship Support Network is responsible for providing information and advice to employers and trainees, job placement services and sign up of training contracts. AASN providers in WA can be found on the Apprenticeship Office website.
Financial incentives for traineeships, State and Federal