Peter Gutwein

Premier of Tasmania

7 September 2021

Sarah Courtney, Minister for Skills, Training and Workforce Growth

Encouraging more school-based apprenticeships

More funding is being made available to help North West employers find a new generation of staff and help senior school students find a rewarding career through school-based apprenticeships or traineeships. 

The North West School Based Apprenticeship Grant Program will open this Saturday 11 September, providing grants of $2,500 to encourage local employers to find students looking to learn a trade while they complete year 10, 11 and 12. 

Employers that operate in an identified growth industry can apply for funding when they commence a school based apprentice or trainee and the program also includes employers that have taken on a school-based apprentice or trainee from 1 June 2021. 

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is taking action to help more Tasmanians into jobs and make it easier for employers to take on employees as part of our plan to secure Tasmania’s future. 

The school-based grant program is part of our $3.9 million NW Job Ready Generation Package that is generating more jobs and apprenticeship opportunities throughout north-western Tasmanian communities. 

In total the grant program will support up to 100 school-based apprentices and trainees in starting their journey to employment and come out with a practical qualification while still engaging in schooling. 

Applications will be accepted from employers whose business operates in one of the following sectors:

  • Energy and Infrastructure;
  • Accommodation and Food Services;
  • Building and Construction;
  • Advanced Manufacturing;
  • Mining;
  • Information and Communications Technology;
  • Aged Services;
  • Disability Services;
  • Agriculture;
  • Aquaculture; and
  • Transport and Logistics.

For more information and guidelines will be available at

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