As part of the Australian Government’s commitment to boost the supply of skilled workers in areas of national skills shortage, from 1 July 2019, the following changes to the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program are now in effect:
- If you are a new apprentice, or employer hiring a new apprentice, commencing a Certificate III or IV level qualification in one of ten occupations experiencing national skills shortage, you may now be eligible to apply for the Additional Identified Skills Shortage payment.
- The age of eligibility for the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices incentive has been lowered to 21 years for apprentices commencing from 1 July 2019. Lowering the age of eligibility better aligns the incentive with apprentice wage rates and provides greater support for employers seeking to engage adult apprentices in areas of skills needs.
- Applications for Phase Two of the Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy trial are now open. The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy trial supports apprenticeships in skills need occupations in rural and regional areas. If you are an employer who employs a new worker Australian Apprentice from 1 July 2019, undertaking a full-time Certificate III or IV qualification that leads to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List in a rural and regional workplace, you may now be eligible to apply.
To find out if you may be eligible for these incentive payments, contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network Provider.
The National Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destinations Survey (ATED) is now underway.
We are asking former apprentices and trainees to spare around 10-15 minutes to complete the survey if they are contacted by Ipsos, the fieldwork contractor. Everyone invited to take part in the survey will be sent a link to the online survey, or can choose to do the survey over the phone. Those who completed the survey before midnight Sunday 16th June were entered into five fortnightly prize draws to win a share of $2,500 in pre-paid Eftpos gift cards in each draw. Those who complete in the following fortnight will be entered into 4 prize draws, and then the following fortnight – three prize draws, and so on until the total prize pool of $12,500 is awarded. The survey closes in late August 2019.
For more information visit www.ncver.edu.au/ated/faq.
Why should I complete the survey?
The survey collects information on employment outcomes, reasons for non-completion, satisfaction with training, further study destinations, and on-the-job experiences of apprentices and trainees who completed or left their training in 2018. Managed by the National Centre for Vocational Education Research (NCVER), the results of the survey will inform policy makers of the issues faced by apprentices and trainees so that improvements can be made.
Findings from the 2019 Apprentice and Trainee Experience and Destinations Survey will be available at www.ncver.edu.au in late 2019.
Applications for the 2019 Australian Training Awards closed 31 May 2019. We thank those who have taken the time to submit.
Finalists will be announced shortly.
For information about the Australian Training Awards visit the website.
The Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award provides national recognition of businesses who are committed to training their workforces for the future!
The Award recognises those employers who have made innovative improvements in training which provide beneficial outcomes for their apprentices and/or trainees in Australia and to their local community.
Awards close 31 May 2019 – but applying is easy. Watch how, here.
“While the awards are great recognition of our combined efforts, we’re particularly proud of giving the first batch of apprentices pathways to work in Australia and globally.” – Jeff Connolly, Siemens Australia, 2018 Australian Apprenticeships - Employer Award. (Read Siemens’ story here)
For more information visit australiantrainingawards.gov.au
Winning the award can propel you into the national spotlight, positioning you as a front-runner in skills and workforce development and leader in best practice, which sets you apart from the competition and makes you an employer of choice. Businesses are also invited to join the prestigious best of the best in Australian skills, the Australian VET Alumni.