CTF (Construction Training Fund) is funding 150 places for mature-age apprentices to increase diversity in WA’s building and construction industry.
We’ve started a $3.44m pilot program to help employers hire more mature-age apprentices and trainees in 10 trades. The program applies to mature-age apprentices (21 years or over) hired after 22 February 2021. There are 100 places available to group training organisations and 50 for those employed directly.
Guidelines for group training organisations applying for the program are here.
Employers hiring mature-age apprentices and trainees direct can apply here.
Guidelines for employers are here.
The 10 trades are:
- Brick and Blocklaying
- Carpentry/Carpentry & Joinery
- Civil Construction (Cert III traineeship)
- Painting and Decorating
- Plumbing & Gasfitting
- Roof Plumbing
- Wall and Ceiling Fixing
- Wall and Floor Tiling
Electrical Group Training has a program for electrical mature-age apprentices.
We know higher wages are a disincentive to employers. The funding is designed to reduce the gap between mature-age and junior rates. The funding is on top of other CTF grants.
Employers hiring mature-age apprentices will save about $16,000 in the first year of a three-year apprenticeship and $23,000 overall.