Skills Development

Overview

The aim of the Skills Development Program is to support Members who are looking for employment and are wanting to upskill themselves with the aim of securing employment and/or advancing their career. The program offers funding for recognised courses, tickets and licenses that will assist Members to achieve pathways to employment and build on existing qualifications and skills. The program will run from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.

Guidelines/Policy

Members who are looking for employment may use the funds available under this program to get tickets, licences and other training that is delivered by registered training organisations (RTOs) in Western Australia. In order to do this, Members must contact the Employment and Skills Development Officer directly on gacjobs@gumala.com.au. They will be guided and assisted to identify a career path and associated training required, and to develop their resume.

Once the Employment and Skills Development Officer has identified and confirmed with the Member the appropriate training course and provider, the Member will be enrolled and the course paid for. The maximum value of funding available to each Member is $3,000. A Member must successfully complete a training program or acquire a licence before again being able to access funds under this program. GAC will request evidence from Members of completion of their training.

Once a Member has secured employment, the funds may be used to support the purchase of related equipment such as work boots and tools.

If a Member is enrolled in training but does not attend without providing a genuine reason such as a passing in the family or serious illness, they will not be eligible to apply for Skills Development funding again until the following financial year.

Supporting Documents

GAC may request additional evidence or supporting documents at its discretion.

Items available under the program

  1. Courses provided by registered training organisations (RTOs)
  2. Tickets and licences
  3. Interview and computer skills assistance
  4. Assistance with purchasing equipment such as boots, PPE and tools once employment has been secured
  5. Assistance with pre-employment interview clothing once proof of interview confirmed (capped at $150)
  6. Other requests will be considered at GAC’s discretion

Items NOT available under the program

  1. Food and fuel
  2. Transport
  3. Accommodation
  4. Clothing (outside of that already listed)
  5. Technology

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