Good news for both employers and job seekers 21 to 24 years. ABBTF is introducing a new incentive to support bricklayer employers signing on an apprentice bricklayer aged between 21 and 24. The support provides $2,000 to be paid to the employer on the completion of first year. This payment is in addition to the ABBTF Brickstart subsidy of $3,000, the Federal Government’s support of $4,000 and support from Construction Industry Training Funds in some States.
The Support for Adult Apprentice Bricklayers (SAAB) incentive will apply to apprenticeships that started from January 1, 2014. Employers currently registered for the ABBTF Brickstart subsidy will automatically qualify. Apprentices must be 21 or under 25 years at the date of commencement of the apprenticeship.
This new incentive addresses the following disincentives on employing 21 to 24 year olds:
- The Federal Government’s mature age support only applies to new apprentices from the age of 25.
- Adult apprentice pay rates apply from age 21.
The offer from ABBTF to employers also helps address the bricklaying skills shortage by:
- Providing employment opportunities for adults who make a career change or are now ready to start an apprenticeship,
- Addressing the high current demand for new bricklaying apprentices, due to increased construction activity and
- Encouraging employment of more mature individuals, with a better work ethic and higher productivity.
Conditions to note include:
- Pro-rata payment applies to the current employer if the apprentice is a re-commencement after 1st January 2014.
- Standard Terms and Conditions of registration for ABBTF Brickstart subsidy apply.
- The incentive is available to Group Training Organisations, who may pass on the benefit to host employers.
If you’re an employer, review the Key Steps in processing an Apprentice appointment, for ensuring you obtain all the subsidies available. Contact Your State ABBTF Office to take advantage of this offer.