Employers of Australian Apprentices, and the broader Apprenticeship and Traineeship Industry, welcome the Australian Government’s expansion of the Boosting Apprenticeships Commencement wage subsidy scheme.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash revealed that the previous cap of 100,000 places had already been filled by more than 40,000 employers Australia-wide.
The proposed expansion will extend the subsidy until September 2021 whilst removing the 100,000 places cap and is expected to support an additional 70,000 Australian Apprentices and Trainees to commence training under the scheme.
“The Boosting Apprentices Commencement program has to date assisted almost 40,000 businesses to take on a new Australian apprentice or trainee.
“This initiative has supported the creation of more than 8,000 bricklayers, 6,000 electricians, and almost 11,000 people in retail and hospitality work,” said Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash.
Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements provides financial support to employers, enabling them to take on an Australian Apprentice while they are rebuilding or expanding their business.
It also provides job seekers an opportunity to secure a career and higher education through an Australian Apprenticeship.
The subsidy is available for Australian Apprentices commencing or recommencing between 5 October 2020 and 30 September 2021. The wage subsidy is available for a maximum of $7,000 per quarter, per eligible Australian Apprentice. You can find out more via the DESE fact sheet here.
While there are limited eligibility criteria, employers considering taking on an apprentice or trainee for the first time are urged to do their research.
“The Australian Apprenticeships and Traineeships Informaton Service welcomes the Australian Government's expansion on the Boosting Apprenticeships Commencement Scheme and are committed to working with Industry and Employers to support the ongoing employment of Australian Apprentices” Dr Peta Skujins, AATIS Director said.
"Employers should remember that there are eligibility criteria for taking on an apprentice or trainee, and they will need to meet their responsibilities throughout the training contract."
If you are unsure whether an Australian Apprenticeship is right for your business, you should read the information in our Employer Information & Support section, or take the quiz to see whether you are ready to take someone on.