New subsidy to support businesses

NEW SUBSIDY: Stuart MP Dan van Holst Pellekaan is encouraging employers to consider the scheme.

NEW SUBSIDY: Stuart MP Dan van Holst Pellekaan is encouraging employers to consider the scheme.

Employers in regional and rural areas are being encouraged to take part in a new government subsidy scheme offering generous support towards the costs of employing apprentices.

The Minister for Industry and Skills, David Pisoni said he has written letters to all regional councils and Regional Development Australia (RDA) outlining the benefits of the Federal Government $60 million regional wage subsidy trial.

“Eligible employers will be able to receive payments based on their apprentice’s relevant award wage rates, which will be 75 per cent in the first year and scaled down in the following two years,” he said.

“This subsidy under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program (AAIP), will support eligible new apprentices in areas such as plumbing, mechanical, electrical, painting trades and hairdressing.

“Businesses across regional South Australia should take advantage of this incentive to tap into the skills of local students and provide opportunities for them closer to their homes.”

The Member for Stuart, Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP said the subsidy will not only help create more than 100 new apprenticeships in South Australia but address skill shortages for small business in regional areas.

“It is imperative that we support employment and skills growth in our electorate and across regional South Australia,” he said.

The program starts on January 1, 2019. For more information visit www.vet.skills.sa.gov.au or phone 1800 673 097.