SE Qld added to State’s ‘Back to Work’ is good for Bricklayer training.
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Excellent news for Southeast Queensland brick and blocklayers wanting to take on a new apprentice, with the State Government now including this Region in its valuable ‘Back to Work’ Package, effective July 1 this year.  There are two categories of SE Qld funding available, the most relevant to bricklayers being the Youth Boost support payment which provides up to $20,000 paid to eligible employers at staged periods within the first year of the apprentice’s employment.

In addition, there are support payments for employing the long-term unemployed.  The financial benefits for employers meeting the eligibility criteria (see Youth Boost and Terms and Conditions) are as follows:

 Support payments available for eligible employers of up to:

  • $15,000 Employer Support Payment for eligible employers who hire a long-term unemployed job seeker (a person unemployed for 52 weeks or more)
  • $20,000 Youth Boost for a young job seeker (aged between 15-24 years). – NB: the employee must commence by 31 October 2017

The other Regions which have had available ‘Back to Work’ support for up to a year are:  Far North Queensland, North Queensland, Mackay/Whitsunday, Central Queensland, Wide Bay Burnett North West and South West.

The Back to Work payment, designed to create more skilled jobs in Queensland, is in addition to other existing attractive incentives to employ a bricklaying apprentice including our ABBTF $3,000 Brickstart subsidy and the Commonwealth’s $4,000 payment, both paid periodically over the progression of the apprenticeship.  ABBTF may also make available a $2,000 female bricklaying apprentice incentive (FAB) and where applicable, it may offer a $2,000 adult apprentice incentive payment (SAAB).  Contact Us for details.

These new employment incentives are the result of an announcement made in the State Government Budget, from Employment and Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace committing an extra $77.5 million for an expanded Back to Work jobs program, of which $27.5 million covers support for employers in the Southeast.

This subsidy is far higher than has been available to date for Bricklayers.  It’s not a stretch to say there has never been a better time for all Queensland brick and blocklayers to take up the opportunity and employ an apprentice to further build the skill base in your business now, for your future success.

Tony Bishop
ABBTF Manager Qld

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