The Australian Government has announced a $1.5 billion funding initiative to expand the wage incentive to help keep apprentices and trainees in work. It builds on the initial $1.3 billion package announced in March 2021.
Key Issues —
In making the announcement, the Australian Government announced that the wage subsidy will now be available to medium businesses with less than 200 employees for apprentices employed as at 1 July 2020.
The expanded waged subsidy would more than double the number of supported apprentices and trainees. Around 180,000 apprentices and 90,000 small and medium businesses that employ them will now be supported, with the program extended by six months to March 2021.
The initiative covers 50% of the wages paid to apprentices and trainees, up to $7,000 per quarter.
The Australian Government has stated that these measures to support apprentices and trainees will be essential as the economy rebuilds so that people looking for work can reskill and upskill for in-demand jobs, provide school leavers with a pathway into their careers, and ensure businesses are able to get the skilled workers they need.
The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) has welcomed this initiative and senior staff from the Department of Education, Skills and Employment provided a briefing to ITECA's policy team shortly after the initiative was announced,
“The extension of the subsidy to is great news not only for apprentices and the trainees, but also the independent Registered Training Organisations that support them,” said Troy Williams, ITECA Chief Executive.
The measure was announced alongside the new JobTrainer skills initiative , a $1 billion commitment to support 340,700 short courses.
These initiatives are important as independent providers support around 80% of the 4.1 million students in vocational education and training.
Getting Involved —
ITECA’s ability to play a lead role in matters associated with this issue rests on the advice and guidance of individuals serving on the ITECA Vocational Education and Training Reference Committee . ITECA Membership – It's a great time to get involved.
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