The Authority aims to improve the culture, level and access to training as well as support the entry of new workers into the industry.
Subject to funds being available, the Authority will allocate funds for training on the following terms:
- payments for training are intended to achieve additional training outcomes and are NOT to substitute for existing workforce training
- allocation of funds will be needs based against predetermined priorities
- funding is for the delivery of training and must NOT be used to cover capital expenditure costs.
Funding for training is targeted at developing new skills for entry-level (apprentices) and existing workers in the industry. For example:
- apprentices under an ACT Contract of Training are eligible for business skills training
- injured workers on rehabilitation are eligible for training to assist their return to the industry
- existing workers are eligible for refresher courses, training in new fields and management techniques relevant to the industry
Employees, apprentices, employers, group training organisations (GTOs), industry bodies and associations, and registered training organisations (RTOs) may lodge an application form seeking funding.
Application forms can be downloaded from the Authority's website www.trainingfund.com.au.
An ELIGIBLE PERSON is any person usually working in or in connection with the building and construction industry in the ACT who is substantially (at least 80%) performing 'work liable for the Training Levy' (see page 10), or is a person deemed as an eligible person on application to the Authority.
An eligible person can be an employer, employee or an independent contractor.
The applicant must demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Authority that any individual covered by a request for funding of training is an eligible worker. This may require a statutory declaration.
The Authority will assess all applications against the following criteria:
- No retrospective applications will be considered.
- Funding will be provided for skills training and activities identified in the Training Plan. Training and activities not covered by the Plan may be funded on their merits.
- Training must be provided by a RTO.
- The training course must be accredited under the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF), or is a course of training approved by the Authority.
- There must be an identified training outcome for each participant.
- Participants, other than injured workers on rehabilitation, will be required to contribute to the cost of the training course.
- Participants must be carrying out work that makes them eligible - either as an employee, employer or an independent contractor.
- Product-specific training courses will not be funded and training courses must be generic.
- The Authority will monitor the cost of training courses and may set a maximum amount to be funded per participant. The Authority will also evaluate the delivery of training courses and may audit the outcome of funded courses.
- The Authority may withhold payment for training where an individual fails to successfully complete all components of the approved training course.