The Morrison Government is offering regional and rural businesses a wage subsidy to take on new apprentices in Cairns and Far North Queensland with new apprentices signing up at 21 local businesses.
Business that have signed up to the initiative include construction, hairdressers, butchers, electricians, painters and automotive.
The $60 million Australian Apprenticeships Wage Subsidy has commenced its second release and is 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.
Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch said the trial would help Far North Queensland 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,” Mr Entsch said
“Starting out in an apprenticeship is the first step towards a rewarding career, and for businesses employing an apprentice, it’s an investment in growing the skills base for Far North Queensland.
“This trial will provide benefits that 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.”
Federal Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education Minister Michaelia Cash said having local businesses and apprentices involved in the trial is great for the community.
“There are 3.4 million Australian small and family businesses which contribute around $395 billion annually to our economy,” Ms Cash said.
“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,” Minister Cash said.
“Through this wage subsidy we are securing the skills our regional and rural businesses need to remain competitive and give local students new opportunities at home.
Further information about the Australian Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy trial can be found at www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/aus-employer-incentives