More than $100 million has been paid out to almost 13,000 employers assisting 22,035 apprentices and trainees to remain on the job since the Australian Government launched the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees measure.
Key Issues —
Recognising that the response measures to contain the Covid-19 virus outbreak has had a significant impact on the Australian economy, the Australian Government launched the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees measure on 2 April 2020.
The support is through a wage subsidy which covers 50% of wages paid to apprentices and trainees. Subsidies will cover wages paid from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020 and businesses will be reimbursed up to $7,000 per quarter, up to a maximum of $21,000, per eligible employee.
The wage subsidy is available to small businesses that employ fewer than 20 full-time employees and retain their Australian apprentice or trainee. In addition, employers of any size and Group Training Organisations that re-engage an eligible out of trade apprentice or trainee are also eligible.
Apprentices and trainees who have lost their jobs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic are also being connected with new work and training through the new Apprentice and Trainee Re-engagement Register as part of this measure.
The Supporting Apprentices and Trainees measure was discussed when ITECA met in early May 2020 with the Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business.
Member Engagement —
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 Committee.
Further Information —
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