Support available for small businesses employing apprentices and trainees through COVID-19

The Australian Government has announced funding of $1.3 billion to support small businesses employing an apprentice or trainee as the COVID-19 continues to threaten the cash flow of many small businesses.

Through this funding, wage subsidies of 50 per cent of an apprentice or trainees wage will be available to all small businesses currently employing an apprentice or trainee.

Businesses will be reimbursed up to $21,000 per eligible apprentice or trainee per quarter until 30 September 2020.

The wage subsidies will be available to businesses with less than 20 staff, including those using a Group Training Organisation, to help retain existing apprentices and trainees during the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers of any size who re-engage with an apprentice of trainee previously displaced from a small business may also be eligible for support.

To be eligible for a wage subsidy, the apprentice or trainee must have been in-training with a small business as at 1 March 2020.

For further information on how to apply for the subsidy, including information on eligibility, employers, apprentices and trainees are encouraged to contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.

To help connect apprentices and trainees who have been displaced find new employment, the National Apprentice Employment Network has developed the Apprentice and Trainee Re-engagement Register.

This register is open to all apprentices and trainees who have lost their jobs with a small employer after being in training at 1 March 2020, as well as employers, including Group Training Organisations, wishing to put on an apprentice.

To register for the Apprentice and Trainee Re-engagement Register, click here.

9 April 2020