Along with their boundless enthusiasm and the opportunity to create an employee who knows your business inside out, hiring a new apprentice or trainee could now make you eligible for up to $8,500 from the Western Australian Government, on top of any Commonwealth funding.

The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive is about future-proofing small to medium businesses, while building the next generation of skilled workers.

And depending on a few different factors, you could be entitled to even more.

For example, you’ll get an extra 20 per cent if your new apprentice or trainee lives and works in the top end of Western Australia. You’ll also get additional funding for recruits who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, have a disability or are aged between 21 and 30.

The incentive is helping Western Australian businesses to create 150,000 extra jobs by 2023-24. To find out more, visit

Siobhan Day is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and Pump Industry magazine, and has been part of the team since early 2019. With a background in management in the non-profit sector, Siobhan has extensive experience in communications, professional writing and client management. She holds a Bachelor of Business and Communications and is currently completing a postgraduate degree.

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