Construction Careers A Key Highlight In State Budget 

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A $14.3 million boost is being injected into the construction industry.

The McGowan Government has committed $14.3 million in the 2022-23 state budget to support the development of WA’s construction workforce and provide financial support for apprentices and trainees. 

The Construction Training Fund (CTF) investment includes $4.5 million for a tool rebate, with apprentices and trainees able to claim up to $500 each for purchases made between July 1st, 2022 to June 30th, 2023. 

Under the scheme, employers can claim up to an additional $6,000 from the CTF over two years and apprentices can receive up to $2,000 over the same period.

“The tool rebate will provide financial support to thousands of construction apprentices in regional and metropolitan areas, helping them to follow their chosen career path and promote safety in their workplaces,” says Premier Mark McGowan.

In 2021, the State Government Skills Summits identified access to a driver’s licence as a common barrier to entering or advancing in the workforce as an apprentice. 

To counter this, the CTF has dedicated $1.3 million to assist young people with gaining the experience they need to obtain a licence for entry into a construction trade apprenticeship. 

A further $1.9 million has been allocated to identify and promote training in trades with a declining number of workers through online resourcing for target employers, advertising and apprentice mentoring programs.

“These important initiatives, delivered through the Construction Training Fund, will support the Western Australian construction industry to attract and retain workers,” says Mr McGowan. 

For more information on these initiatives, visit ctf.wa.gov.au.

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