Time right for apprentices
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.