Up to $20,000 is available from Work Start Incentives to provide employers with one-off payments when they employ eligible trainees or apprentices.
Work Start Incentives
Work Start provides a one-off incentive payment to private sector employers who employ a participant from a Skilling Queenslanders for Work program in a traineeship or apprenticeship.
Work Start incentives complements the Queensland Government’s expanded Back to Work program.
From 1 July 2018, Work Start incentives will be available to private sector employers across Queensland who are ineligible for the employer support payments under Back to Work. Work Start incentives will be available throughout Queensland, however it is a demand driven program and will be capped in 2018–19, to 300 incentive payments.
Work Start incentives is one of seven programs that make up the Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative. The aim of the program is to encourage the engagement of additional trainees and apprentices and provide unemployed persons with the necessary skills and workplace opportunities to ensure sustainable employment and long-term career opportunities.
Work Start incentives is administered by the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training (DESBT).
In 2018–19, up to $4 million will be available for eligible private sector employers across Queensland to create 300 new traineeships or apprenticeships
For private sector employers not eligible for a Back to Work payment, Work Start incentives offers a one-off $10,000 payment to eligible employers for hiring a new trainee or apprentice who had previously participated in a Skilling Queenslanders for Work project, after a qualifying period. A Youth Boost component of $20,000 is available from 2018-19 onwards, if the eligible person is aged 15 to 24 years.
Projects are funded under the following five programs:
- Community Work Skills
- Work Skills Traineeships
- Get Set for Work
- Ready for Work
- Youth Skills.
People who have undertaken a Skilling Queenslanders for Work program will attract a Work Start incentive for their private sector employer. An eligible person is someone who meets all of the following criteria:
- has participated on a project under the Community Work Skills, Work Skills Traineeships, Get Set for Work, Ready for Work or Youth Skills programs
- is registered in a Queensland declared traineeship or apprenticeship
- has commenced the traineeship or apprenticeship from 1 July 2018
- has commenced the traineeship or apprenticeship no more than six months after their exit date from a Skilling Queenslanders for Work program
- has not displaced an existing worker
- has completed three months (defined as 91 days) of employment in the traineeship or apprenticeship, and is still employed.
In addition to the above eligibility criteria, to attract a Youth Boost an eligible person must meet the below:
- is aged between 15 to 24 years at the time of commencement of the traineeship or apprenticeship
- has completed 12 months of employment in the traineeship or apprenticeship.
For traineeships completed in less than 12 months, the individual must continue to be employed for the full 12 month period with the private sector employer to be eligible.
Applications open on an ongoing basis.