The Western Australian Government has announced it will provide up to $6,000 in financial support for employers who take on a displaced apprentice or trainee.
The funding includes:
- A one-off $6,000 payment for employers to take on a displaced apprentice
- A one-off $3,000 payment for employers to take on a displaced trainee
The new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive is part of the Western Australian Government’s commitment to apprentices and trainees adversely affected by COVID-19.
What benefits are available?
Employers who engage a displaced apprentice may be eligible for a one-off payment of $6,000 under the Western Australian Government's Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive. Or a one-off $3,000 payment if employers engage a displaced trainee.
To be eligible, employers must hire an apprentice or trainee whose training contract was terminated on, or after, March 1st 2020. The incentive is available until June 30th 2021.
Support for apprentices and small business
The Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive will help employers maintain a pipeline of skilled workers during the COVID-19 recovery period.
The boost follows a recent announcement that the Western Australian Government will cover the training costs of more then 3,000 apprentices or trainees who have had their training contracts cancelled or suspended.
Supported by the Out of Contract Register
Both incentives are supported by the new Out of Contract Register. This is a new resource, available on the Jobs and Skills WA website, that helps displaced apprentices and trainees find new employment.
It also provides employers with an easy, quick search tool to find the right apprentice or trainee for their business.
For more information on the incentives available, click here.