The Government is supporting Australia’s economic recovery by ensuring we maintain our pipeline of skilled workers and keep apprentices and trainees in work. The Government’s commitment to a skilled economy includes a $1 billion JobTrainer Fund, and extending its wage subsidy for apprentices and trainees to help businesses keep their apprentices and trainees in work.
The Government is seeking to partner with states and territories to establish a $1 billion JobTrainer Fund to rapidly provide more Australians with access to free, or low cost, training places in areas of identified skills need. The Government’s commitment of $500 million, to be matched by states and territories, will give new opportunities for school-leavers and options for job seekers to upskill and reskill in a new career path that will be critical to the economic recovery.
The Government is supporting small and medium-sized businesses and Group Training Organisations to retain their apprentices and trainees. Where a small or medium business is not able to retain an apprentice, a re-engagement subsidy is available to a new employer of any size.
Eligibility - from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020 – support for small business
During this period the subsidy was available to support small businesses with fewer than 20 employees, including those using a Group Training Organisation, who retained an apprentice or trainee. Eligible employers had to apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage paid during the 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020, up to a cap of $7,000 per quarter. The apprentice or trainee must have been in an Australian Apprenticeship with a small business as at 1 March 2020. Employers of any size, including Group Training Organisations, that re-engaged an eligible out of trade apprentice or trainee were eligible for the subsidy.
Eligibility - from 1 July 2020 to 31 March 2021 – support for small and medium business
The Government is extending and expanding the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy. From 1 July 2020, the subsidy will be available to support small and medium businesses with fewer than 200 employees, including those using a Group Training Organisation, who retain an Australian Apprentice engaged as at 1 July 2020. Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage paid during the 9 months from 1 July 2020 to 31 March 2021, up to a cap of $7,000 per quarter. Employers of any size including Group Training Organisations that re engage an eligible out of trade apprentice or trainee will also be eligible for the subsidy.
Registrations are open. Final claims must be lodged by 30 June 2021.
Visit the Australian Apprenticeships website.