$57.5 M program to encourage employers to take on new apprentices to help address Western Australia’s trade shortage in the construction industry.
The Apprentice Kickstart Initiative is an employer incentive designed to increase the number of Australian Apprenticeship commencements in skills shortage areas of the building and construction industries.
Small and medium enterprises and eligible Group Training Organisations may attract the Apprentice Kickstart Initiative where their Australian Apprentice:
- commences between 1 December 2012 and 28 February 2013 (inclusive); and
- is undertaking a Certificate III or IV level qualification that leads to a building or construction occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List.
The employer must also meet eligibility requirements under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.
A small or medium enterprise is one that employs fewer than 200 people.
An eligible Group Training Organisations is one that is listed on the Group Training National Register. Group Training Organisations that are not listed on the Group Training National Register will not be eligible for the Apprentice Kickstart Initiative unless they meet the definition of a small or medium enterprise.
Qualifications that lead to the following occupations may be eligible to attract the Apprentice Kickstart Initiative:
- Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic
- Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber
- Carpenter and Joiner
- Electrician (General)
- Fibrous Plasterer
- Floor Finisher
- Landscape Gardener
- Painting Trades Worker
- Plumber (General)
- Roof Plumber
- Roof Tiler
- Sheetmetal Trades Worker
- Solid Plasterer
- Wall and Floor Tiler
- Welder (First class)
The new payments are in addition to the suite of employer incentives already available under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program. Payments are made directly to the employer’s nominated bank account.
The Apprentice Kickstart Initiative is available for commencements between 1 December 2012 and 28 February 2013, or until 21 000 Apprentice Kickstart Initiative commencements have occurred over this period.
Your Australian Apprenticeships Centre will advise you of your eligibility for the Apprentice Kickstart Initiative at sign up.
Contact your Australian Apprenticeships Centre. If you do not know the name of your Australian Apprenticeships Centre, call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73.
More information on the assistance available through the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program can be found on the Summary of the Australian Government Incentives under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program fact sheet which is available on the publications page at www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au.
For more information and advice on all aspects of Australian Apprenticeships, contact your local Australian Apprenticeships Centre. Australian Apprenticeships Centres are contracted by the Australian Government to provide free Australian Apprenticeships Support Services.
To find an Australian Apprenticeships Centre in your region, call the Australian Apprenticeships referral line on 13 38 73 or visit the Australian Apprenticeships website at australianapprenticeships.gov.au.