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. The payments are accessible to businesses with less than 20 employees
. Employers will receive up to $21,000 per apprentice ($7,000 per quarter).
Where a small business is not able to retain an apprentice, the subsidy will be available to a new employer that employs that apprentice.
In order to qualify for this payment the apprentice or trainee must have been in training with the 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.It is expected that employers will be able to register for the subsidy from early April 2020
. Final claims for payment must be lodged by 31 December 2020.