An Australian Government trial offering regional and rural businesses a wage subsidy to take on new apprentices is underway in Capricornia, with new apprentices signing up at 25 local businesses.
The $60 million Australian Apprenticeships Wage Subsidy commenced on 1 January 2019 offering employers subsidies worth 75 per cent of the apprentice’s award wage in the first year, 50 per cent in the second year, and 25 per cent in the third year.
Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator Michaelia Cash said having local businesses and apprentices involved in the trial is great for the community.
“There are 3.3 million Australian small businesses which contribute around $395 billion annually to our economy. Small business plays a vital role in our community, from giving young Australians their first real job to supporting our local charities and sporting organisations,” Minister Cash said.
“Through this wage subsidy we are securing the skills our regional and rural businesses need to remain competitive and give local students new opportunities at home.
“Labor has opposed this trial and fail to see the benefits that will flow through to the community, our new apprentices, and the businesses that are helping to grow the number of local skilled workers.”
Hard-working Capricornia MP, Ms Landry, said the trial would help local businesses remain competitive while supporting more people into apprenticeships.
“Helping locals to start an apprenticeship, by supporting the businesses that employ them will have benefits for our entire community,” Ms Landry said.
“Starting out in an apprenticeship is the first step towards a rewarding career, and for businesses employing an apprentice, it’s an investment in growing the skills base for Central Queensland.
“This trial will provide benefits that flow throughout our community; from our new apprentices who have a job and a career path, to local businesses who are helping to grow the number of skilled local workers.” Ms Landry said.
More information about the Australian Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy trial is available online – https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/publications/australian-apprentice-wage-subsidy