The Federal Government recently announced a $17.6 billion economic plan to keep Australians in jobs, keep businesses in business and support households and the Australian economy as the Turf Management industry, and indeed the world, deals with the significant challenges posed by the spread of the coronavirus.
The targeted stimulus package is focused on keeping Australians in jobs and helping small and medium sized businesses to stay in business, and includes $1.3 billion to support small businesses to support the jobs of around 120,000 apprentices and trainees nationally.
Below is a summary of the $1.3 billion funding to support apprentices and trainees for Turf Managers who currently, or are looking to, employ apprentices.
The Government is supporting small business to retain their apprentices and trainees.
Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50% of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage for up to 9 months from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020.
Where a small business is not able to retain an apprentice, the subsidy will be available to a new employer.
Employers will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee ($7,000 per quarter).
The subsidy will be available to small businesses employing fewer than 20 full-time employees who retain an apprentice or trainee. The apprentice or trainee must have been in training with a small business as at 1 March 2020.
Employers of any size and Group Training Organisations that re-engage an eligible out-of-trade apprentice or trainee will also be eligible for the subsidy.
Employers will be able to access the subsidy after an eligibility assessment is undertaken by an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider, such as Apprenticeship Support Australia.
This measure will support up to 70,000 small businesses, employing around 120,000 apprentices.
Employers can register for the subsidy from early-April 2020. Final claims for payment must be lodged by 31 December 2020.
Further information is available from Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) providers. Details of AASN providers in each region is available at the Australian Apprenticeships website or from www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au