David Littlerpoud MP David Littlerpoud

Looking to hire an apprentice or trainee?  Now’s the time to grow your business thanks to the Federal Government’s wage subsidy program

March 11, 2021

The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy program is now demand-driven and expanded for 12 months for new apprentices and trainees signed-up prior to September 30, 2021.

WITH a 50% wage subsidy for 12 months on offer for your business, there’s never been a better time to sign-up an apprentice or trainee.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud is urging small business take advantage of the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy program to not only grow their business but also grow our skills pipeline in rural communities as part of the COVID economic recovery.

“The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements was one of the COVID-19 skills measures announced as part of the $4 billion in apprentice wage subsidies and already 603 new apprentices and trainees have been signed-up by small businesses across Maranoa as part of this program,” Mr Littleproud said.

“I’m hoping more business with take advantage of this wage subsidy because this program was fully-subscribed in the first five months – helping to create 100,000 apprentices and trainee places across the nation – but this week the Coalition Government announced we’re opening it up to be a demand-driven program aiming to generate about 70,000 new places to the tune of around $1.2 billion”.

The Coalition Government is providing record levels of support to the vocational education and training sector in 2020-21, which is not only helping rebuild our economy but also preparing for the future.

“This includes the $1 billion JobTrainer Fund, which is supporting more than 300,000 additional free or low-fee training places for job seekers and young people,” Mr Littleproud said.

“We’ve also funded the National Skills Commission which harnesses contemporary data with labour market analysis to find the ‘skills needs’ of the economy that in turn informs the qualifications and skills Australians need to train for”.

For more Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements information, please visit www.dese.gov.au/boosting-apprenticeship-commencements