As part of the Australian Government’s Economic Response to the Coronavirus, $1.3 billion will be made available to 70,000 small businesses, to help keep around 117,000 apprentices and trainees across the country, in work and training.
From Thursday 2 April 2020, electrical contractors with less than 20 staff will be able to register for access to a 50% wage subsidy for apprentices.
This wage subsidy applies to apprentices who are direct indenture and also apprentices accessed through Electrical Group Training.
Click here to see the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees Q&A document issued by the Australian Government, providing details about the subsidy.
NECA is currently lobbying the Australian Government to expand the wage subsidy program to all businesses with apprentices, not only those with 20 staff or less. We will keep you updated on any developments.
Our partner The Apprenticeship Community, can assist you with assessing your eligibility, registering your application and processing the payments.
All of the logistics of this program will be managed by organisations such as The Apprenticeship Community, as they are the best people to contact to determine the specific eligibility criteria and how to register.
To see if you’re eligible for the subsidy, please contact Jade Ackroyd from the Apprenticeship Community at (08) 6165 3371 or firstname.lastname@example.org.