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Trades based Apprenticeship Commencements Increase with QLD and WA leading the Way!

Trades based Apprenticeship Commencements Increase with QLD and WA leading the Way!

Aaron Fels and Mathew Falla from Fels Electrical share with the Today Show how Wage Subsidy has supported the business to employ additional apprentices. Watch

The Construction Industry Skills Shortage continues to put immense pressure on the sector, with continued project delays and increased delivery costs.

It is critical we continue to invest in the future labour force of the industry, to increase apprentice commencements, retention and completions to assist the sector during this continued demand.

The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) Wage Subsidy was made available by the Federal Government between the 5th October 2020 and 30 June 2022. Under this scheme employers received a 50% subsidy for apprentice wages for their first year of employment.

In addition, the Completing Apprenticeship Commencements Program was accessible for wages support in the second and third years of the apprenticeship, with a sliding scale of 10% and 5% respectively.

As a result, the NCVER Statistical report published 26th July, Apprentices and Trainees 2021: December Quarter, reports a strong increase for new apprentice and trainee commencements during the 12 month period ending 31 December 2021.

The increase of trades based apprenticeships Nationally during this period is reported at 29.1%. QLD and WA leading the growth, with Apprentice and Trainee commencements during this period up 39%.

This data reflects the benefits of the recent wage subsidies to employers, especially small to medium employers, and the importance of continuing to invest in the training and development of the future generations of the industry.

Small to medium employers do much of the heavy lifting in the development of VET skills in Australia, and take on 85% of all apprentices nationally, making up over 95% of all registered businesses. SME’s are the incubators of skills and their worth in providing the “training spaces” for skills needs to be recognised to be of equal value to the lecture rooms of our heavily subsidised university sector.

This recent initiative of subsidising apprentices has been a successful policy that has “shifted the dial” on apprenticeship commencements more than any other in the past two generations, and industry has responded.

We hope to continue to see strong investment in the Apprenticeships sector and the future of trades and construction industries.

Click here to view the full report: NCVER Statistical report published 26th July, Apprentices and Trainees 2021: December Quarter



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