Federal Member for Hume Angus Taylor is encouraging small businesses across the Boorowa district to apply for a new apprentice wage subsidy.
The Federal Coaltion will invest $60 million in the subsidy trial to get underway from January 1, 2019, as an incentive for employers in regional communities to take on more apprentices.
The trial will assist up to 1,630 new Australian apprentices in areas of skills need. Trades eligible for the wage subsidy are those included on the National Skills Needs List.
Mr Taylor said under the subsidy, eligible employers would be able to receive payments based on the apprentice’s relevant award wage rates.
“Subsidies will be provided at 75 per cent of the apprentice’s award wage in the first year, followed with 50 per cent in the second year and 25 per cent in the third year,” Mr Taylor said.
“I have heard from a number of Hume businesses that it’s difficult to attract apprentices, particularly young apprentices, and difficult to retain them.
“I have also heard from larger businesses with the same problems, so I am pushing for the expansion of this trial to assist medium sized businesses as well.
“Through this incentive, the Government wants to help secure the skills that local businesses need to stay competitive and also to give local students new opportunities at home,” he said.
Boorowa businesses are part of the Young region SA2 (Statistical Area Level 2) district, the boundaries of which can be identified on this Australian Bureau of Statistics maphttp://stat.abs.gov.au/itt/r.jsp?ABSMaps
Mature age apprentices are also eligible under this trial. To find out more about how to apply, please visit this website Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme.