Supporting Apprentices and Trainees

Cash flow assistance for businesses

If you employ an apprentice or trainee you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of their wage paid from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. You can register for the subsidy from early April 2020.

In an effort to assist businesses to retain their apprentices and trainees a stimulus package has been introduced for eligible employers who can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage paid during the 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020. New employers will be able to obtain the subside, should a small business is not able to retain an apprentice.

Employers will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $21,000, per eligible apprentice or trainee ($7,000 per quarter).

Additional support will also be provided to the National Apprentice Employment Network.

Eligibility:

Small businesses employing fewer than 20 full‑time employees who retain an apprentice or trainee.

Any employer, irrespective of size that re‑engages an eligible out‑of‑trade apprentice or trainee will be eligible for the subsidy. The apprentice or trainee must have been in training with a small business as at 1 March 2020.

An eligibility assessment will be undertaken by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

Key Dates:

Employers can register for the subsidy from early April 2020. Final claims for payment must be lodged by 31 December 2020.

FAQs

$21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee.

Small businesses employing fewer than 20 full‑time employees who retain an apprentice or trainee & any size businesses that re-engages an out-of-trade apprentice.

Employers will be able to access the subsidy after an eligibility assessment is undertaken by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

Employers can register for the subsidy from early April 2020. Final claims for payment must be lodged by 31 December 2020.

Supporting Apprentices and Trainees - Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ)

How much is the package worth?

$21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee.

What businesses are eligible to receive support?

Small businesses employing fewer than 20 full‑time employees who retain an apprentice or trainee & any size businesses that re-engages an out-of-trade apprentice.

What do I need to do to access the package?

Employers will be able to access the subsidy after an eligibility assessment is undertaken by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider.

What are the key dates?

Employers can register for the subsidy from early April 2020. Final claims for payment must be lodged by 31 December 2020.

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