APPLY NOW Expanding Career Options for Women Scholarships

01 October 2015 (09:36) - 31 October 2015 (05:00)

The State Government is encouraging women to take up non-traditional industries and trades and occupations where women currently make up less than 25 per cent of the total workforce.

Up to 400 scholarships - over four years - to the value of $3,000 each, will be available to women over the age of 18 who have left school and who undertake training at Certificate III level or above in eligible qualifications.

There are up to 100 scholarships available for 2016.

Women In Trade Scholarships     Women In Non Traditional Trades     Scholarships for Women

This scholarship program is a joint initiative of the Department of Training and Workforce Development, the Department of Local Government and Communities and the Construction Training Fund.

Scholarships are available to women and employers planning to train in more than 170 eligible qualifications, linked to non-traditional occupations.

For institutional training:

  • $3000 will be available for women planning to undertake a publicly funded institutional training course in an approved qualification.

For apprenticeships and traineeships:

  • $1000 will be available for women planning to undertake an approved apprenticeship or traineeship; and
    their employers will receive a $2000 incentive payment.

These scholarships can be used to help with costs associated with training, including student fees, learning resources, mentoring, coaching, tools, equipment, accommodation, transport and childcare fees.


Women, and employers of eligible women, are encouraged to apply. Please see the criteria below to find out if you are eligible:


To apply for an ‘Expanding career options for women’ scholarship you must be:

  • a woman who is 18 years or older and have left school;
  • a Western Australian resident and either:
  1. an Australian citizen;
  2. permanent resident or holder of Visa subclass 309, 310, 820, 826 or 851; or
  3. dependent or spouse of the primary holder of a visa subclass 457;
  • planning to undertake an eligible qualification with an approved training provider;
  • planning to commence the qualification between 1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016; and
  • not receiving another scholarship for your course of study.

Employers of an eligible applicant

Employers applying for the $2000 incentive payment need to be either:

  • offering an apprenticeship or traineeship to a woman who has been awarded a scholarship; or
  • planning to offer an apprenticeship or traineeship in an eligible trade/industry qualification to a woman who meets the eligibility criteria. The apprentice or trainee must also enrol with an approved publicly funded training provider.

Employers must also agree to:

  • enter into a training contract with the apprentice/trainee between 1 January 2016 and 31 December 2016;
  • agree to take part in activities to promote the scholarship program if required; and
  • allow the female apprentice or trainee to take part in promotional activities if required.


Individuals and employers can apply by completing a short online application. Please see links at the bottom of this page to the application form, lists of eligible qualifications and approved training providers, and frequently asked questions to assist with your application.

Please note:

  • applications are open until 31 October 2015;
  • individuals will be able to nominate up to two qualifications in their application;
  • a scholarship application is NOT an application for a place with a training provider;
  • if your scholarship application is successful you will still need to apply to undertake the qualification at an approved training provider,
  • training places are not guaranteed;
  • a spread of scholarships will be awarded across industry areas and qualifications, and throughout metropolitan and regional areas; and
  • all applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in December 2015.


Should you require further information, or require the application form in an alternative format, please contact the Department of Training and Workforce Development:

(08) 6551 5365


FT - Full time

PT - Part time

FLX - Flexible

RPL - Recognition of prior learning

ONL - Online

OPL - Open learning

PRE - Preapprenticeship

APP - Apprenticeship

TRN - Traineeship

WPA - Workplace assessment