Date posted: 20/07/2020

JobTrainer skills package announced

Additional support will be available for existing and new Australian apprentices and trainees.

In brief

  • The package provides additional funding to keep current apprentices and trainees employed
  • The wage subsidy is extended to businesses with less than 200 employees and covers apprentices employed at 1 July 2020
  • This is in addition to small businesses already covered by the scheme, and support is extended by six months to March 2021

An additional support package for apprenticeships and traineeships, labelled JobTrainer, has been announced by the Australian Government.  

The package provides additional funding to expand the existing wage incentive to keep current apprentices and trainees employed.  The wage subsidy is extended to businesses with less than 200 employees and covers apprentices employed at 1 July 2020.  This is in addition to small businesses already covered by the scheme, and support is extended by six months to March 2021.

JobKeeper will also provide funding for an additional 340,700 training places to assist school leavers and job seekers to access short and long courses to develop new skills in growth sectors. Courses will be free or low cost in areas of identified need.

The Federal Government will work with States and territories to develop a list of qualifications and skill sets. States and territories will need to sign a new heads of agreement to access JobTrainer funding.

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