All regional Qld bricklayers considering putting on an apprentice bricklayer should consider, if they haven’t yet, this significant $20,000 Back to Work “Youth Boost” incentive, running between December and the end of February 2017. Including ABBTF’s and the Federal Government’s incentives for employing an apprentice, the total support package available to help cover the costs over the duration of the apprenticeship is now $27,000, if applied for by February 28.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the additional incentive was part of the state government’s $100 million Back to Work regional jobs package which should act as a powerful boost to jobs at this time of year when career choices are being made.
The ‘Youth Boost’ subsidy is exclusive to regional Queensland and gives regional employers support payments of $20,000 per worker for hiring a jobseeker aged 15-24.
The Key components of the offer are:
- Provides employer support payments for eligible employers who hire an unemployed worker
- $10,000 for an unemployed worker
- $15,000 for a long term unemployed worker (out of work for 12 months or more)
- $20,000 for hiring a young jobseeker aged 15-24 (from 1 December 2016 to 28 February 2017).
Employment Minister Grace Grace said the existing Back to Work support payments remained in place and would continue to be available all year round. “More than 1,000 regional Queensland employers had received or applied for Back to Work support payments since the original program kicked off in late July,” Ms Grace said.
The Minister said that the number of applications is growing every day and its expected this two-year program, which is backed by $100 million, will support up to 8000 jobs. If you’re a regional employer thinking of hiring an apprentice, get in touch with the Back to Work teams by visiting www.qld.gov.au/backtowork and call 13 QGOV (13 74 68) for more information about Back to Work. You can also apply for an employer support payment there.
Year 12 Fee-Free Training
In addition when employing Apprentices, eligible Year 12 students are exempt from paying student contribution fees under the Certificate 3 Guarantee and User Choice programs. The Year 12 fee-free arrangements were introduced January 2014. Check out the details.
This is a great opportunity to build your business and increase the number of qualified team members on the job. If you wish to discuss the Business Benefits of employing an apprentice, ABBTF Resources, finding a Top Apprentice, Mentoring support available at ABBTF Qld or any other issue except the specifics of the offer (which are available at www.qld.gov.au/backtowork) , please review our website and call our Office.
Qld ABBTF Manager