THE Federal Government will invest $60 million to trial a wage subsidy as an incentive for employers in regional and rural communities to employ more apprentices.
The trial will see up to 1630 new Australian apprentices in areas of skills needs.
From January 1, the new subsidy under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive Program will support eligible new Australian apprentices in areas such as plumbing, mechanical, electrical, painting trades and hairdressing.
Canning MHR Andrew Hastie said too often regional communities suffered from a lack of opportunity for young people, causing an exodus to the cities.
“The trial is just one of the things the Government is doing to improve job opportunities for young people in the Peel,’’ he said.
“A VET qualification can unlock as many opportunities and is just as important to the economy as a university degree.”
Under the subsidy, eligible employers in Mandurah, Murray. Waroona and Boddington will be able to receive payments based on the apprentice’s relevant award wage rate.
Subsidies will be provided at 75 per cent of the apprentice’s award wage in the first year, followed with 50 per cent in the second year and 25 per cent in the third year.