New $60m apprentice subsidy
RURAL businesses are being encouraged to employ Australian apprentices, with the new $60 million Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy soon to come into place.
From January 1 2019, the Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy will support apprenticeships in skills need occupations in rural and regional areas.
The new Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy scheme was announced on October 31 by the minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Michaelia Cash.
This $60 million trial apprentice wage subsidy has been introduced to support regional businesses and encourage them to consider employing apprentices.
In a document addressed to Wide Bay Burnett Chambers of Commerce, chair for Regional Development Australia Wide Bay Burnett, Bill Trevor invited businesses to get involved.
“It will encourage participation in apprenticeships by employers who have not previously engaged apprentices, as well as re-engaging employers,” he said.