The McGowan Government has delivered on their election commitment to provide more employment and training opportunities for apprentices and trainees in Western Australia, with the launch of the new Priority Start policy.
Effective from 1 April 2019, the policy aims to increase the overall numbers of apprentices and trainees in the building and construction industry, and develop a sustainable local supply of skilled workers for the building and construction industry, by encouraging contractors to invest in the employment of apprentices and trainees.
The new policy, which replaces the previous Government building training policy, meets the McGowan Government's Plan for Jobs commitment to create jobs for apprentices and trainees on all WA State Government funded construction projects.
Under the policy, all head contractors awarded State Government funded building, construction and maintenance contracts, valued over $5 million (incl GST), are required to meet a target training rate across the combined construction trades workforce of their company and all subcontractors used for the contract.
The new Priority Start policy applies to State Government building, construction and maintenance contracts resulting from tenders released from 1 April 2019.
The Department of Training and Workforce Development is supporting the whole of government implementation of the policy and will be conducting contractor information sessions in due course. To register your interest in attending an information session, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information on the new Priority Start policy is available on the Department's website at dtwd.wa.gov.au/prioritystart.