Help for employers to engage an apprentice or trainee
Employers - there has never been a better time to employ an apprentice or trainee to help your business grow. Did you know there are various incentives and funding programs available from both the state and federal governments to provide eligible employers with new opportunities?
Improvements have also been made to Queensland's apprenticeship and traineeship system in recent years to streamline the process for businesses to engage apprentices or trainees from start to finish. Let us help you find the most cost effective way to employ and train staff while building skills in your trade area and contributing to Queensland's economy.
Funding and incentives to support employers
There are many funding programs and incentives to assist eligible employers gain skills for their business by employing apprentices and trainees. These include:
Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Programme
Employers of apprentices and trainees may be eligible for incentives payment upon commencement, recommencement and completion of the apprenticeship or traineeship from the Australian Government. Financial support is also available to employers of adult and school-based apprentices; apprentices in regional areas; and apprentices with disability.
Fee-free training for Year 12 graduates
Year 12 graduates have been able to access fee-free training in high priority areas from the Queensland Government.
Certificate 3 Guarantee
The Certificate 3 Guarantee provides a Queensland Government subsidy for eligible Queenslanders to undertake their first post-school certificate III qualification.
User Choice program
The User Choice program provides a funding contribution from the Queensland Government towards the cost of training and assessment services for eligible Queensland apprentices and trainees.
Skilling Queenslanders for Work
Employers may be eligible to apply for funding from the Queensland Government's Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative's various and targeted programs. Employers have the opportunity to support and participate in local training projects, as well as access the $10,000 Work Start incentive for employing an eligible participant in a traineeship or apprenticeship.
Industry Pre-apprenticeship Program
Queensland Government funding is available for industry organisations and employers seeking to commence projects that prepare potential tradespeople for an apprenticeship.
Back to Work
The Queensland Government's Back to Work Regional Employment Package gives businesses the confidence to employ jobseekers in Queensland's regions. The Youth Boost payment is also available for eligible job seekers (aged 15-24) employed between 1 December 2016 and 31 October 2017.
WorkCover Queensland premium discounts
From 1 July 2017, WorkCover Queensland will offer employers a discount on their premium if they employ an apprentice. The discount will be applied by removing the apprentice wages from the employer's premium calculation. Does not apply to employment of trainees.
- Payroll tax rebate
Employers of exempt apprentices and trainees may be eligible to claim a payroll tax rebate from the Queensland Government.
Improvements in Queensland
There have been improvements made to the apprenticeship and traineeship system in Queensland over recent years to help employers engage apprentices and trainees to gain skills and contribute to the Queensland economy and broader community:
The Further Education and Training Act 2014 (FET Act) modernised and streamlined the regulatory framework for apprenticeships and traineeships. The FET Act has reduced red-tape for employers in the system, by reducing approximately 60 apprenticeship/traineeship policies and procedures to 18. Flexible employment arrangements were introduced making the employment of apprentices and trainees similar to those of other employees.
Streamlining the apprenticeship and traineeship support services—From 1 January 2015, the Australian Government's Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) providers took on a 'one-stop-shop' role. The new role ensures apprentices/trainees and their employers gain further support from their AASN provider, which results in less stakeholders to liaise with.
These changes were supported by the establishment of modern administrative support systems designed to simplify apprenticeship and traineeship arrangements in Queensland.
Let us help
If you would like to discuss funding and incentives you may be eligible to receive or need further information about changes to the apprenticeship and traineeship system, simply contact us. We can arrange a call or visit to your workplace by contacting us at: