The Government is committing $1.3b of its stimulus package to help small business employers keep their apprentices and trainees (apprentices) on the books.

Jennifer Lawrence, Master Builders Senior Adviser, Industry Policy sheds more light

What is available? A wage subsidy of 50% of the apprentice’s wage from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020, up to a maximum of $21,000.

Who is eligible? Small businesses, including those using a GTO, with fewer than 20 full-time employees that had an apprentice in-training as at 1 March 2020.

How do I apply? Applications open from 2 April 2020 with access contingent on an eligibility assessment by an Australian Apprentice Support Network provider.

What about displaced apprentices? The subsidy will also be available to businesses of any size and GTOs that re-engage an eligible apprentice who would otherwise lose their job.

What is unknown at this time?

We are checking eligibility for:

  • apprentices employed by GTOs that were in-training at 1 March 2020, but did not have an ongoing host employer.
  • apprentices re-engaged by a GTO that are then hosted by a businesses (i.e. does the business or the GTO receive the subsidy).

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Who is eligible? Small businesses, including those using a GTO, with fewer than 20 full-time employees that had an apprentice in-training as at 1 March 2020.

Jennifer Lawrence

Senior Adviser - Industry Policy

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