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Everything you need to know about the JobTrainer program

The JobTrainer Fund was announced earlier this year as part of the Federal Government’s $2 billion JobTrainer Skills Package which included the expansion of the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy

What does the package include? 

The new package consists of: 

  • A $1 billion JobTrainer Fund 
  • A $1.5 billion expansion of the Support Apprentices and Trainees Wage subsidy 

JobTrainer Fund explained 

Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced $1 billion to support over 340,000 new training places across the country. The fund will give the trainees access to new skills by upskilling and retraining them for sectors with increased job opportunities.

Courses will be free or low cost and will help school leavers and jobseekers access pre-apprenticeships and full qualifications creating a pathway to growth sectors. 

The Federal Government has committed $500 million in 2020-21 for the fund, contingent on a matched contribution from states and territories. 

The JobTrainer Fund has been proposed to operate from September 2020 to 30 June 2021

JobTrainer FAQs

The JobTrainer Fund is expected to support around 340,700 additional training places. The exact number will depend on the type of training undertaken and in negotiation with states and territories. 

The Federal Government has proposed that the funding begins to support training in September 2020. The fund has been proposed to end in June 2021. 

Funding will be available for nationally accredited qualifications and skillsets in sectors that are identified as 'genuine need'. These areas are based on a list agreed by the National Skills Commission

Both short courses and full qualifications will be covered by the fund. 

Apprenticeship Support Australia

The Apprenticeship Support Australia team offer free over the phone advice and online tools to help you find, register, onboard and manage an apprentice or trainee in your business.

Supporting Apprenticeships and Trainees wage subsidy explained

The Supporting Apprentices and Trainees measure provides a wage subsidy to help employers keep their apprentices and trainees in work. The initial program was announced in March 2020 to help continue development of skilled labour during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As part of the recent JobTrainer announcement by Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a further $1.5 billion will be made available to expand and extend the subsidy.

Apprenticeships subsidy FAQs

The expansion of the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy will support around 90,000 businesses employing over 180,000 apprentices across Australia.  

The wage subsidy covers 50% of wages paid to apprentices and trainees, up to $7,000 per quarter. 

Eligibility for the subsidy will be increased from small businesses to include medium-sized business with 199 or fewer employees. A business will need to have an apprentice in place from 1 July 2020 to be eligible. 

Employers of any size and Group Training Organisations that re-engage and out of trade apprentice or trainees are also eligible. 

The wage subsidy is not available to apprentices and trainees who are receiving JobKeeper payments during the same period. However, where a business stops receiving JobKeeper, they will then be eligible to apply for the subsidy if they had an apprentice or trainee engaged on 1 July 2020. 

We will continue to update this page as more information becomes available. 


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