Up to $200,000 is available from GATIRS to undertake innovative projects that increase the number of apprentices and trainees employed across Tasmanian industries and regions.
Growing Apprenticeships and Traineeships: Industry and Regionally-Led Solutions Program (GATIRS)
Growing Apprenticeships and Traineeships: Industry and Regionally-Led Solutions Program provides organisations with funding to undertake innovative projects that will result in new apprentice or trainee employment by employers.
The Growing Apprenticeships and Traineeships: Industry and Regionally-Led Solutions Program (GATIRS) is a grant program funded by the Department of State Growth (the Department) to increase the number of new apprentices and trainees employed in Tasmania. This program will support the Tasmanian Government’s target to increase the number of apprentices and trainees by 40 per cent by 2025.
Each industry and region faces unique issues or barriers that may limit the employment of apprentices and trainees. The Program will support eligible applicants to undertake projects that address these barriers and increase employer engagement with the apprenticeship system.
The program objectives are to:
- strengthen Tasmania’s workforce by increasing the number of new apprentices and trainees employed;
- identify existing industry and/ or regional barriers that limit the employment of apprentices and trainees and trial targeted solutions to resolve these barriers; and
- support collaborative relationships between industry, employers, community organisations, and training organisations.
The Department will validate employment outcomes claimed by projects using the Department’s apprenticeship and traineeship database, TApIS.
The competitive Program will award grants of up to $200,000 for projects that will result in increased and new apprentice or trainee employment by employers. A bonus payment will be issued on achievement of apprentice and trainee employment targets.
All projects must include specific outcomes in terms of the proposed number of new commencements of apprentices and trainees during the project’s lifespan. A broad range of activities are eligible for funding, as long as applicants demonstrate how activities directly relate to achieving specific project objectives and outcomes.
Fees for actual training services related to the training delivered under the apprenticeship or traineeship will be covered by existing sources such as the Apprentice and Trainee Training Fund (User Choice) or they may be employer-funded. For example, projects may focus on:
- attracting and recruiting applicants;
- support for those wishing to become apprentices / trainees or for employers;
- wrap-around support services (e.g. transport, language, literacy and numeracy support, work readiness skills);
- targeted subsidies or incentives; or
- adapting proven practices to new industries/ regions or cohorts.
Applications for other activities that focus on either the support or demand side of apprenticeships and traineeships will be considered.
- Resolve or significantly address a barrier or issue preventing employment of apprentices or trainees within an industry and/ or region.
- Result in clear and measurable increases in the employment of apprentices and trainees that would be unlikely to have occurred without the funded activities.
- Have the potential to inform effective responses beyond a specific region or industry sector.
- Be time-limited in nature, or have a plan for future sustainability without government funding.
- Be completed within 24 months.
The Department is seeking applicants who have a comprehensive understanding of an industry and/ or region’s economy and workforce, as well as strong relationships with relevant stakeholders required to achieve successful project outcomes.
To be eligible to apply as project owner, organisations must be one of the following:
- An industry association or peak body with Tasmanian employers as members and representatives on governing bodies or committees.
- A regional development association with capacity to represent employers and industry in specific regions of Tasmania.
- An individual organisation that is a legal identity acting as part of a regional or industry collaboration or consortia, including:
- individual businesses;
- community service organisations;
- Registered Training Organisations (RTO);
- Group Training Organisations (GTO); or
- Apprenticeship Network Providers (ANP).
In addition, to be eligible for funding applicants must:
- have an Australian Company Number (ACN) or an Australian Business Number (ABN);
- be able to contract with the Department; and,
- disclose all funding utilised in relation to project activities
Applicants must address how activities delivered under this Program differ from their core business and existing funding mechanisms, and why project outcomes cannot be achieved under the existing system.
Applicants must demonstrate how their project meets the objectives of the program.
Applications close 3 September 2019.