Employers looking to take on a trainee or apprentice can access a range of financial support from the Federal and State Governments.
Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements
The Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment is extending the highly successful Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) wage subsidy program to 31 March 2022.
The BAC wage subsidy program pays eligible businesses a 50 per cent wage subsidy over 12 months for new or recommencing apprentice or trainee sign-ups, now available until the March deadline. The incentive is capped at $7,000 per quarter per apprentice or trainee. There is no cap on the number of eligible trainees/apprentices and the subsidy applies regardless of location, occupation, industry or business size.
Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive
State Government support is also available through the Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive. Eligible businesses will receive a base payment of up to $8,500 for employing new trainees or apprentices.
The Australian Apprenticeship Support Network providers in WA offer free support services and can provide information on the different incentive options and guidance to employers on eligibility.