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Funding boost set to improve skills and employment opportunities for apprentices

JMR with Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business the Hon Stuart Robert MP

More apprenticeships will be able to finish training with the $3.9 billion Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements program extended into the second and third year of an eligible Australian Apprenticeship through the new $716 million Completing Apprenticeship Commencements program.

From October 2021, eligible employers will now receive a 10 per cent wage subsidy in the second year of an eligible apprenticeship, and five per cent in the third year, supporting an expected 270,000 commencements by March 2022. 

Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business, Stuart Robert the extension of funding will also support the 348,200 Australians currently in training as at June 2021, an increase of 30 per cent in training than the previous 12 months.

‘The Morrison Government has supported a generation of Australian apprentices in the face of the biggest shock to our economy since World War Two,’ Minister Robert said.

‘While other countries shed their apprentice workforces, our highly successful Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement program saw new apprenticeships increase 141.5 per cent year on year,” Minister Robert said.

Senator for Victoria Sarah Henderson said the Morrison Government’s targeted investment in employment programs boost employer confidence, translating into training and employment opportunities for people entering the workforce.

“The Morrison Government is investing in the skills of future generations to ensure more Australians have access to the jobs of the future,” Senator Henderson said.

“I encourage employers of apprenticeships including across regional Victoria to take advantage of this fantastic employment program and grow their business.”

Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements program

  • Any business or Group Training Organisation that engages an Australian Apprentice between 5 October 2020 and 31 March 2022 may be eligible for a subsidy of 50 per cent of wages paid to a new or recommencing apprentice or trainee.
  • Eligibility for the Completing Apprenticeship Commencements program includes having received support through the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements program for an employed apprentice.
  • To apply visit or contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

28 September 2021

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