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.
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.
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.
Whether your business already employs apprentices and trainees, or it has been on your mind for a while, understanding what incentives you can and should apply for is not always the easiest call to make. Watch our free webinar to hear what options are available to you.
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