Thursday, 23 April 2020

$24.5 million support package for construction workforce

$10 million immediate support with a $2,000 payment to employers to maintain existing apprentices and trainees

$9.5 million in new monthly payment program to employers of apprentices and trainees

$5 million to support more than 5,000 building and construction apprentices and trainees to complete short training courses

Premier Mark McGowan and Training Minister Sue Ellery were joined by Reg Howard- Smith, Chair of the Building and Construction Industry Training Board, to announce a $24.5 million support package to assist the building and construction industry to maintain a skilled workforce during the COVID-19 crisis.

The package includes $10 million to provide an immediate, one-off payment of $2,000 to employers of existing apprentices and trainees currently receiving Construction Training Fund (CTF) grant payments.

A new grants scheme worth $9.5 million will be introduced to assist employers to retain their existing apprentices, with payments beginning from 1 June this year, backdated from 1 April 2020.

The payments will range from $250 per month to $500 per month, per apprentice or trainee, depending on the trades facing the most critical skills shortages in the industry.

This will supplement CTF’s existing grants scheme for a period of six months, with a review after three months to gauge the effectiveness of the temporary model.

Employers currently receiving CTF grants for apprentices and trainees in employment will be eligible for the new grant scheme and will need to provide evidence of the apprentice’s employment, such as a current payslip.

Apprentices and trainees employed in the industry can claim up to $1,000 to support the costs of undertaking short courses to assist them in upskilling.

Employers and employees can find out more information here: www.ctf.wa.gov.au

Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
“The construction industry plays an important role in Western Australia and employs thousands of people across a range of trades.

Go to CTF Website