The State Government has recently announced the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive.
As an employer, if you employ an apprentice or a trainee who was terminated on, or after 1 March 2020 (ie. a displaced apprentice or trainee), you will receive:
• a one-off payment of $6,000 for an apprentice
• a one-off payment of $3,000 for a trainee
This incentive from the Department of Training and Workforce Development is available until 30 June 2021.
The re-engagement incentive is supported by a new Out of Contract Register, available on the Jobs and Skills WA website, which helps apprentices and trainees who have been stood down to find a new employer.
The register provides employers with a quick search tool to find apprentices and trainees who are keen to continue their training.
However, it is not the easiest website to understand. The Search Function has been de-identified so it does not list the personal details of the apprentice of trainee.
What it will do is show you if there is for example, a first year -electrical mechanic apprentice in the North Metropolitan area or a fourth year electrical mechanic in the South West. Once you have identified the level of apprentice you are looking for in your area, you can also see the apprentice’s individual training contract ID. You can then contact the department and request the details of that apprentice or apprentices.
Click here for more information on the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive, or call the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.
In addition to the above, remember you may also be eligible to access the following apprentice funding:
1. The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive of up to $8,500
2. All WA State Government COVID-19 financial support measures for businesses
3. CTF financial support for the building and construction industry
4. The Commonwealth wage subsidy for apprentices, up to $21,000
5. Other financial support and incentives