What does Priority Start mean for my business?

The State Government’s Priority Start Policy has been in action as of April 1st. It aims to assist Western Australia in developing the building and construction industries to accommodate for a percentage of apprentices and trainees to be employed by contractors and sub-contractors. This relates to State Government building construction, civil construction and maintenance contracts exceeding $5 million. There are two target rates which have been applied to the contracts. General building construction and maintenance contracts require 11.5% of employees to be apprentice and trainee construction trade workers and 5% of apprentices and trainees are to be employed for any civil construction contracts.

Education and Training Minister Sue Ellery noted, “The implementation of this policy is just one of the ways the McGowan Government is delivering on its commitment to rebuild the training sector and boost employment opportunities for apprentices and trainees. We know apprenticeships and traineeships are important for the ongoing growth and success of business and industry in Western Australia.”

At Skill Hire, we are a Group Training Provider and have the opportunity to supply construction trade workforces with apprentices and trainees at a range of stages in their studies. As a Group Training organisation we act as the primary employer to the apprentice/trainee and match them with the right employer/worksite, in this case, State Government contracts. We take care of all the employment requirements, from payroll and injury management services to uniforms and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). To ensure apprentices and trainees meet the host employers’ requirements, we also provide consistent support throughout their learning.

We are currently WA’s largest provider of apprentices to the building and construction industry and also offer traineeships in business administration, warehousing and hospitality.

If you are provided with the opportunity to be the main contractor or a subcontractor on one of these State Government Projects, utilising Skill Hire as a Group Training Organisation will ensure that you are receiving the most employable apprentices and trainees. Your job will be made easier as we look after wages and leave entitlements, off – the – job training costs, mentoring services and HSE inductions. We will also designate a field officer to visit the site regularly to support the apprentices and trainees throughout their studies.

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  • Special thanks to Mathew Pritchard in assisting with our Pastry Chef vacancy. Very responsive to our needs urgently. We got the shortlist candidates promptly, interviews were organised swiftly by and we got our new Pastry Chef on board in a matter of days! Special thanks to Ben Willis as well in your flexibility and assistance. We greatly appreciate this

    Angela Neill
    The Mayfair Hotel
  • The year 11 and 12 students have loved the three day course in the Trade Centre.

    Busselton Senior High School
  • Thank you for allowing Greg Knobloch the time to present to our VET Induction Day.....The information contained in his OHS presentation was highly engaging and of utmost importance in preparing students for their upcoming work placements. We very much appreciate his time, expertise and experience in this area...

    Dainon Couzic & Connie Watson
    Busselton Senior High School
  • Skill Hire trainers create an excellent relationship with all students thus making the three days enjoyable for all participants

    Busselton Senior High School
  • The SOP delivered by Skill Hire has been exceptional.

    Busselton Senior High School
  • A HUGE thank you for organising the Try-A-Trade for our students. All three teachers have come back to school absolutely buzzing about what the boys achieved in those three days and what a fantastic program it is. They also said the trainer was amazing and worked so well with the boys.

    Carlee Ingleson
    Churchlands School
  • Thank you awesome Skill Hire team! I just wanted to say that I'm very impressed with the high quality of staff you've been providing on a consistent basis, even at short notice. Thanks especially to Ben, Nathan and Rob, you've always made things very easy and provided fantastic service with a smile.

    Adrian McGregor
    Newform Developments
  • Students have learnt skills such as setting out, mixing mud, leveling, working in teams, communications and producing a sound product at the end (letter box).

    Busselton Senior High School
  • Amazing! Heidi and Ben were extremely helpful and efficient. They found the right staff for our needs and we will definitely keep working with them in the future.
    Highly recommend

    Francisco Navarrete
    KUA Bar & Bistro
  • Working with Skill Hire was an absolute joy! Our students enjoyed an unsurpassed opportunity to learn and develop skills that supported their career aspirations. The opportunity to engage with on-site works meant that our students have now had a real experience of these trades and feel more confident in their ability to succeed.

    Vanessa Buemi
    Cyril Jackson Senior High School
  • Skill hire is completely hassle free and I have only good things to say about their service and staff. They fully meet my requirements and expectations every time. Their staff are always well presented, reliable and professional. I absolutely trust Skill Hire to meet my needs and the needs of my catering clients, and will continue to utilize them for all of my kitchen and FOH staff outsourcing. Thanks Ben, Heidi and team!

    Bree May
    Food According to Bree
  • All students enjoyed their time at Skill Hire very much. Students were excited to see the end result, but were just as excited to demolish it!

    (These students recently took part in a three day Try-A-Trade course at Skill Hire, funded by the Construction Training Fund)

    Secondary School
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