Prime Minister Scott Morrison has today announced the expansion of its wage subsidy program for apprentices and trainees, with $1.2 billion going towards creating around 70,000 new apprentice and trainee places.
Approximately 100,000 apprentices have already been employed through the current wage subsidy scheme that was announced in October.
Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) Chief Executive Todd Hacking said this $1.2 billion boost to the program is welcome news for all industries that rely heavily on apprentices – including the heavy vehicle industry.
“We know that our industry is experiencing a faster than predicted recovery; we are aware that an apprenticeship is a great way to commence a career in the heavy vehicle industry,” Hacking said, adding that the HVIA is keen to ensure these incentive schemes target the right areas as the JobKeeper scheme winds down.
“Just last week at our Queensland State Committee meeting, an HVIA member lamented the difficulty in attracting good, young apprentices,” he said.
“This is commentary that HVIA regularly hears from members in other forums and, in part, why we are investing in the Jobs Hub during the Brisbane Truck Show.”
The Jobs Hub activation at the South Bank Piazza will showcase career opportunities to the broader community from 13 to 16 May.
“The fact that 100,000 apprenticeships were fully subscribed, shows that the future leaders of the industry are keen to take up a trade,” Hacking added.
The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements Program will now become demand driven and expanded for a full 12 months for new apprentices and trainees signed up prior to 30 September 2021.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said training and skills were at the core of the government’s response to the economic challenges faced by the COVID-19 recession.
“Creating jobs, generating economic opportunities and boosting the skills of workers right across Australia are at the heart of our National Economic Recovery Plan, as we build back from the COVID-19 recession,” Morrison said.
“Last week’s National Accounts showed the comeback of the Australian economy is underway, however many businesses still need support and it’s important our apprentices and trainees get opportunities to boost their skills and stay employed.”
Hacking added that the heavy vehicle industry offers diverse and rewarding career paths.
“This will give a start to thousands of boilermakers, welders and diesel mechanics,” he said.
“Our industry is full of wonderful examples of how often those young people progress into roles as international executives.
“The Australian community has really come to appreciate how important our industry is to Australia’s resilience, and there has never been a better time to get on board.”
Further information on the support available to eligible businesses and employees is available here.