An Australian Government trial offering regional and rural businesses a wage subsidy to take on new apprentices is underway in Corangamite.
The $60 million Australian Apprenticeships Wage Subsidy Trial commenced on 1 January 2019 offering employers subsidies worth 75 per cent of the apprentice’s award wage in the first year, 50 per cent in the second year, and 25 per cent in the third year.
There are 43 businesses in Corangamite that are eligible for an Australian Apprenticeships Wage Subsidy.
Federal Member for Corangamite, Sarah Henderson said the trial would help local Corangamite businesses remain competitive while supporting more people into apprenticeships.
“Helping locals to start an apprenticeship, by supporting the businesses that employ them will have benefits for our entire community,” Ms Henderson said
“Starting out in an apprenticeship is often the first step towards a rewarding career, and for businesses employing an apprentice, it is an investment in growing the skills base for Corangamite.
“This trial will provide benefits which flow throughout our community; from our new apprentices who have a job and a career path, to local businesses who are helping to grow the number of skilled local workers.”
There are 3.3 million Australian small businesses which contribute around $395 billion annually to our economy. Small business plays a vital role in our community, from giving young Australians their first real job, to supporting our local charities and sporting organisations.
Disappointingly, Bill Shorten and Labor oppose this scheme and the benefits that it will bring to both local apprentices and small businesses in our community.
These apprentice positions will be at risk under a Shorten Labor Government. Their opposition to more local apprenticeships shows that Bill Shorten and Labor are seriously out of touch with rural and regional Australia.
More information about the Australian Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy trial is available online – https://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/publications/australian-apprentice-wage-subsidy
25 March 2019