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Growing Apprenticeships and Traineeships

Industry and Regionally-Led Solutions Program

The Growing Apprenticeships and Traineeships: Industry and Regionally-Led Solutions Program (GATIRS) is a grant program funded by Department of State Growth to increase the number of apprentices and trainees employed in industries and regions. This program supports 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 innovative projects that address these barriers and increase employer engagement with the apprenticeship system.

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. Round 1 details are below. Further rounds may be announced in the future.

Program objectives

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 apprentice and trainee records held in accordance with Australian Government regulations.

What has happened to the Round 2 Grant?

Round 2 Grant is now closed and the applications are being assessed.  Successful applications will be published on this page in due course.

Enquiries about this program should be directed to the Contact Officer, Deb Doherty at

What projects were successful from Round 1?

Project Owner: 5 Star Training & Consulting Pty Ltd – Skilling the bicycle industry in Tasmania

Partners: Dorset Trade Training Centre, Break O’Day Trade Training Centre, multiple cycling business in the delivery areas

Amount: $87,990

Length: 12 month duration

Goal: 12 traineeships

Delivery areas (LGA): Break O’Day, Devonport City, Dorset, Launceston City

This project aims to strengthen Tasmania’s bicycle industry workforce to prepare and respond to the growth in demand for the sales, servicing and repair of bicycles. Consultation with Tasmanian bicycle store owners identified a number of issues that limits the employment of trainees in the bicycle industry in Tasmania, and this project aims to address those barriers, and support the industry utilise formal traineeships to secure their current and future workforce.

Project Owner: MAS National Ltd – South East Apprenticeships Tasmania (SEAT)

Partners: South East Region Development Association, South East Trade Training Centre, Community Transport Services, Workskills, Interact Australia, OzHelp, Work & Training

Amount: $197,098

Length: 18 month duration

Goal: 10 apprenticeships, with potential to rise to 40

Delivery areas (LGA): Clarence City, Glamorgan Spring Bay, Sorell, Tasman

MAS National's SEAT program seeks to provide local business with an apprenticeship-ready cohort through a project that combines pre-employment training, employment brokerage services, transportation, intensive mentoring and an incentive scheme to support regional job seekers overcome their barriers to employment and support local industries in growth to meet their workforce development needs, while supporting employers successfully receive these new employees.

Who can I talk to about this program?

Enquiries about this program should be directed to the Contact Officer, Deb Doherty at