New guidelines have been released for the Australian Government’s $60 million wage subsidy trial in a bid to encourage employers in regional and rural communities to engage more apprentices.

Up to 1630 new Australian Apprentices would be taken on board under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program (AAIP) in areas of skills needs, starting from January 1 2019

Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan said the new subsidy under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program will target areas in Wannon such as electrical, plumbing, mechanical, hairdressing and painting trades, as part of the National Skills Needs List in a rural and regional workplace.

“Eligible employers will be able to receive payments based on the apprentice’s relevant award wages, as long as the new worker is an Australian Apprentices undertaking a full-time Certificate III or IV qualification,” Mr Tehan said.

“Subsidies are provided to employers at 75 per cent of the apprentice’s award wage in the first year of training, followed with 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 eligible businesses should consider signing up.

“This will help small businesses, which play a vital role in our rural and regional communities while providing a welcome boost to the Vocational Education and Training sector,’ Minister Cash said.

“We’ve consulted widely on the guidelines and I’m glad the business community are on board with this important trial.

“This is part of the Australian Government’s commitment to boosting the status of VET and helping our economy grow.”

Businesses can sign up by contacting their nearest Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider here: https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/find-my-aasn/map

For details on the guidelines for the AAIP, please visit https://docs.education.gov.au/node/37085


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