Time right for ap­pren­tices

Midwest Times - - BUSINESS - Lena Con­stan­tine Lena Con­stan­tine is man­ager of the Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try’s Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia, a Statewide provider of the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment’s Aus­tralian Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Net­work.

With the end of the school year fast ap­proach­ing, now is a great time to re­cruit an ap­pren­tice.

Start­ing them off at this time of the year also means that train­ing con­tracts are in place, ready for the new train­ing year.

Not all ap­pren­tices and trainees are straight from school or school based, where they are get­ting on-the-job train­ing while still at school.

There are also ma­ture-aged ap­pren­tices who are reskilling or chang­ing ca­reers, as well as school leavers just en­ter­ing the work­force.

An ap­pren­tice­ship or trainee­ship is a fan­tas­tic way to reskill and de­velop ex­ist­ing staff.

Ap­pren­tice­ships and trainee­ships bring new skills into the busi­ness, pre­vent fu­ture skills short­ages and train staff to suit the needs of each busi­ness.

Em­ploy­ers of ap­pren­tices, par­tic­u­larly those based in re­gional or ru­ral ar­eas such as Ger­ald­ton, can ben­e­fit from sev­eral in­cen­tives avail­able from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment that are de­signed to en­cour­age train­ing and devel­op­ment.

There are also de­clared drought-area in­cen­tives avail­able.

In­cen­tive pay­ments can range up to $4000 for em­ploy­ers up­skilling adult ap­pren­tices in a skills-short­age trade through Aus­tralian Ap­pren­tice­ships.

There are a va­ri­ety of trade oc­cu­pa­tions that have been iden­ti­fied as ex­pe­ri­enc­ing a na­tional skills short­age.

Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia pro­vides free ser­vices on be­half of the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment, in­clud­ing ad­vice to em­ploy­ers and ap­pren­tices about el­i­gi­bil­ity for as­sis­tance and the lodge­ment of in­cen­tive pay­ments.

In­cen­tive el­i­gi­bil­ity is as­sessed by Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia at the start of a train­ing con­tract, and in­cen­tive claim forms are sent to el­i­gi­ble busi­nesses for lodge­ment as soon as they be­come due.

If you have any ques­tions about ap­pren­tice­ships, trainee­ships and train­ing op­tions in your busi­ness and com­mu­nity, phone Ger­ald­ton-based Ap­pren­tice­ship Sup­port Aus­tralia train­ing con­sul­tant Gail Prosser on 0437 880 524.

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