The extension of the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements is a significant move by the Commonwealth Government that will save, and initiate, thousands more apprenticeship and traineeship opportunities this year says MEGT’s Paul Bennett. It is understood a further $1 billion in new wage subsidies for up to 70,000 apprentices (on top of the initial 100,000 places) will be made available to keep, and get, young Australians in jobs.
Paul Bennett from Australia’s largest Apprenticeship Network Provider, MEGT, says this really is the exclamation mark on efforts to support apprentices and trainees post COVID.
It’s a genuine lifeline to employers to retain and/or take on new apprentices – these are the workers vital in ensuring we don’t have decade-long skills gaps in years to come. Boosting skills in young Australians, and those who have found themselves out of work post-COVID, has to be front and centre of Australia’s recovery plan. Ensuring it makes economic sense for businesses to employ the next generation of Australian workers, despite the incredibly tumultuous period we’ve all experienced, is key.