Regional and rural employers and their apprentices are set to benefit from a wage subsidy trial

Tony Pasin catches up with young apprentices. Photo: Supplied.
Tony Pasin catches up with young apprentices. Photo: Supplied.

Sixty million dollars will be invested by the federal government to trial a wage subsidy to increase opportunities for employers and regional communities to engage more apprentices, under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program (AAIP).

Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education Senator Michaelia Cash said the trial would see up to 1630 new Australian apprentices in areas of skills needs.

“There are 3.3 million Australian small businesses which contribute around $395 billion annually to our economy,” Minister 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.

“Through this incentive we are securing the skills our regional and rural businesses need to remain competitive and give local charities and sporting organisations.”

Member for Barker Tony Pasin said under the subsidy, eligible employers within Barker will be able to receive payments based on the apprentice’s relevant award wage rates.

“Subsidies will be provided at 75 per cent of the apprentice’s award wage in the first year, followed with 50 per cent in the second year and 25 per cent in the third year,” Mr Pasin said.

The new subsidy will support eligible new Australian apprentices in areas such as plumbing, mechanical, electrical, painting trades and hairdressing from January 1.