What is the Apprentice Completion Grant?
The Apprentice Completion Grant is a one-off payment of $2,000 to construction apprentices and trainees who complete their qualifications between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024.
An additional $500 (maximum) reimbursement is also available to these students as repayment for the purchase of work-related tools and/or safety equipment between 1 July 2023 and 31st October 2024.
This pilot program commences on 1 July 2023 for a 12-month period.
How does it benefit workers and the construction industry?
This $ 4.2 million initiative aims to financially support apprentices and encourage students to complete their training. This helps to ensure a safe, skilled and sustainable construction industry in WA.
The Apprentice Completion Grant and tool and/or safety equipment reimbursement is designed to:
- Encourage apprentices and trainees to finish their training.
- Provide a tangible benefit to students on obtaining their qualification.
- Ensure more fully qualified trades in the industry.
- Enable students to access numerous employment opportunities.
- Ensure workers are correctly equipped, improving worksite safety.
- Develop a positive, long-term relationship with these entry-level workers.
Who is eligible?
All eligible apprentices and trainees who complete a construction apprenticeship or traineeship supported by CTF between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024.
How do I claim?
Apprentice Completion Grant – as we already have your completion date and information from the Department of Training and Workforce Development, you only need to confirm your bank details. To do this, simply login to the CTF portal and navigate to Apprentice Completion Grant. If you haven’t used the CTF portal before, follow these instructions to register.
Work-related tool and/or safety equipment reimbursement – submit a claim by logging into the CTF portal and navigating to Completion Tools Rebate. You will need to upload copies of your receipts with the date, amount and description clearly visible. You can submit more than one claim, however the maximum amount payable to you is $500. All claims must be submitted by 31 October 2024 for purchases within the 2023/24 financial year.
Please note that payments can take up to 30 days to be processed.
APPRENTICE COMPLETION GRANT FAQs
I’m a trainee, am I eligible?+
Yes. Construction trainees who complete their training between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024 are eligible for the payment.
Are there any courses not eligible?+
Only apprenticeships and traineeships in the building and construction sector are eligible.
Can I claim the tool and safety equipment reimbursement more than once?+
Yes, you can submit multiple claims. However, a maximum of $500 will be reimbursed for expenses incurred between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024.
I claimed the Apprentice Tool Allowance. Can I claim again?+
Yes. The Apprentice Tool Allowance (ATA) was a reimbursement program that covered relevant expenses incurred between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023.
If you claimed a reimbursement through the ATA, you can still submit a claim for work-related tool and safety equipment expenses through the Apprentice Completion Grant . However, you must complete your training between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024 and only tools and safety equipment purchased during this period are eligible for reimbursement
Can I claim the reimbursement if I don’t complete my training by 30 June 2024?+
No. The reimbursement is only available to students who complete their training within the specified dates.
How long do I have to claim? +
You have until 31 October 2024 to submit your claim for the tool and safety equipment reimbursement. However, the expenses must be incurred between 1 July 2023 and 30 June 2024.
You do not need to claim the Apprentice Completion Bonus – we have your completion date and qualification information from the Department of Training and Workforce Development. However, you do need to confirm your bank details. To do this, simply login to the CTF portal.
When will I receive the payment?+
Payments will be processed within 30days after you confirm your bank details and/or submit your claim.
I’m an employer. What do I need to know?+
This initiative is designed to directly support apprentices and trainees, so no involvement is required from employers. The student is responsible for confirming their bank details and submitting any claims through our CTF portal. All payments are made directly to the student.
If you have an apprentice or trainee due to finish their training by 30 June 2024, you may wish to send them this information.
How will this program benefit the industry?+
By incentivising students to complete their qualifications, there will be more fully qualified trades in WA’s construction industry. As a result of more skilled workers, we can help ensure a sustainable construction workforce.
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