Government funding and incentives
Future Skills WA is about investing in training that equips people to take up jobs that are, or will be, in high demand in Western Australia.
To do this, Future Skills WA provides a guaranteed, subsidised
training place for eligible students enrolled in courses that are deemed
State priority qualifications, where a training place is available.
Apprenticeships and traineeships are a priority for the State
Government, as are foundation skills. Other priority training areas are
identified on the States priority industry qualifications list.
By encouraging people to train in these vital areas, employers have
access to the skilled workers they need today and in the future.
Many other important industry qualifications are also subsidised
under Future Skills WA, however students are not guaranteed a place in
these courses. These are called general industry training courses and
foundation skills and equity courses.
All Future Skills WA courses are heavily subsidised by the
Government of Western Australia. This creates more opportunities for
people to gain valuable skills and qualifications that secure jobs and
build successful careers.
What is the guarantee and am I eligible?
The guarantee means that for courses categorised as State priority
courses, the Government will not limit the number of training places it
subsidises. The numbers enrolling in State priority courses are
continuously monitored. If there is an oversupply of people with certain
qualifications, the Government may, with prior notice, stop subsidising
new enrolments in that course.
Under Future Skills WA, students decide the course they want to
study and they will be guaranteed their training will be subsidised if:
has a training place available; and
- the course has been identified as a State priority course;
- a State training provider (formerly TAFE) or a preferred private training provider has a training place available; and
- student meets the normal entrance requirements.
You are eligible for a guaranteed training place if you have left
school, your primary place of residence is in Western Australia and you
- an Australian citizen;
- a permanent visa holder;
- a holder of visa subclass 309, 310, 820, 826 or 851; or
- a dependent or spouse of the primary holder of a visa subclass 457
Under Future Skills WA there is no upper age limit and there are no
restrictions based on your previous level of awarded qualification.
What courses are available under Future Skills WA?
All Future Skills WA courses are heavily subsidised by the Government of Western Australia.
Future Skills WA courses are classified as:
- State priority training courses;
- General industry training courses; and
- Foundation skills and equity courses.
The main difference between these courses is that students are
guaranteed a place in State priority courses but not in general industry
training or foundation skills and equity courses. They are also subject
to different fee and subsidy levels.
Students can enrol in over 600 State priority training courses. These include:
- all apprenticeships and many traineeships;
- over 130 priority industry qualifications; and
- two priority foundation courses
Apprenticeships and traineeships
There are more than 500 State priority listed apprenticeships and traineeships to choose from in a broad range of industries.
New entrant traineeships
A new entrant trainee is defined as a person who commences their
employment with an employer under a training contract, or has been
employed with the same employer for less than three months full time or
12 months part time immediately prior to the commencement date of the
Existing worker traineeships
The Government also subsidises eligible existing workers to
undertake traineeships in higher level (ie Certificate IV and above)
priority courses. An existing worker is defined as a person employed
with the same employer continuously for more than three months full time
or 12 months casual or part time or a combination of both, immediately
prior to the commencement date of the training contract. Please note
that the term of employment includes any periods of approved leave.
For more information visit the Future Skills WA