Funding Support Overview

The Construction Training Fund is helping to develop the skills required in a modern, safe and productive building and construction industry by supporting training programs across all sectors of the industry.

Since its inception, the Construction Training Fund has distributed over $360 million to support training in the industry. Over $30 million was invested in training during the financial period year 2014/15.

Subsidy Guidelines

Guidelines to eligibility and the range of programs and subsidies provided by the Construction Training Fund can be found here.

Support for Employers

The Construction Training Fund supports a strong, vibrant apprenticeship and traineeship system, helping to overcome shortages of skilled tradespeople. Subsidies are aimed at supporting employment of apprentices during both peaks and troughs in the industry. The Construction Training Fund is helping to reduce the cost of employment and training by offering substantial grants of up to $19,000  to employers of registered apprentices and trainees in WA’s building and construction industry.

Construction Training Fund Direct Indenture Grants are available to eligible employers of apprentices/trainees registered with the Department of Training and Workforce Development in the following qualifications:

Construction apprenticeships

Guidelines on apprenticeship terms and grant amounts can be found here, please refer to pages 11-14. 

The following supplements and bonuses are available for eligible employers for indenturing apprentices/trainees in recognised qualifications

Regional weighting

The Construction Training Fund is providing additional supplements In recognition of additional costs faced in regional areas  

  • An additional 20% of the standard grant is available for commencing an apprentice or trainee whose home residence is north of the 26th parallel
  • An additional c10% of the standard grant is available for commencing an apprentice or trainee whose home residence is south of the 26th parallel (and outside an 80km radius of the Perth CBD)

Indigenous weighting

  • An additional 30% of the standard grant is available for indenturing indigenous apprentices and/or trainees 

Pre--apprenticeship/VET for Secondary Students

  • An additional $2,000 is available for indenturing new apprentices that have successfully completed a recognised pre-apprenticeship or Certificate II construction qualification as part of WACE

Employment of women

  • Up to $2,000 is available for indenturing a new female apprentice/trainee

For more information about conditions, eligibility and payment structures, contact us on (08) 9244 0100.

Support for Industry Employees

The Construction Training Fund also assists the building and construction industry to remain efficient and competitive by supporting the training of workers in the industry. Subsidies are available to reduce training costs making it easier for eligible businesses and employees to access the training they need when they need it.

The Construction Training Fund's Supplementary Skills Program provides support for eligible trainees across a range of approved Construction Skills, Occupational Health & Safety and Industry Skills courses.  Please see Guidelines for further information on subsidies and eligibility.

Subsidy Rates

Metropolitan delivery of recognised supplementary skills training:

$31 per hour or 70% of course cost, whichever is lower
Maximum of $248 per 8 hour day
$1,300cap

Regional delivery of recognised supplementary skills training:

$34 per hour or 80% of course cost, whichever is lower
Maximum of $272 per 8 hour day
$1,700cap 

Recognition of Prior Learning

The Construction Training Fund can provide a subsidy of up to $400 to candidates who successfully complete a Recognition of Prior Learning/Skills Recognition (RPL) assessment towards obtaining a recognised building and construction trade qualification.

The RPL assessment must be undertaken through a Registered Training Provider in Western Australia.

To claim the RPL subsidy, an applicant is required to provide supporting evidence, details of which are outlined in the Construction Training Fund's RPL brochure.

Support for Apprentices

Accommodation Allowance
The Construction Training Fund can provide eligible apprentices with a subsidy of $70 per training day (to a maximum of $1,400 per financial year) if they need to pay for commercial accommodation to attend off-the-job training with a registered training provider (RTP).

Apprentices seeking to claim the Scholarship and/or the Accommodation Allowance subsidy should read the guidelines for eligibility in the Guidelines document and complete an appropriate claim form.

Contact the Construction Training Fund on (08) 9244 0100 for more information on any of the Construction Training Fund's subsidy programs.

Please note: all figures quoted do not include GST.