The Morrison Government announced yesterday (29th November) that it will extend it’s one-off $4000 Support for Adult Australian Apprentices (SAAA) payment to employers who take on an eligible apprentices aged 21-24 who are studying for Certificate III or IV in areas of skills needs. The SAAA incentive was only ever for employers who commenced an apprentice who was 25 years or older.
Employers will be given this cash incentives to take on new apprentices aged 21-24, in a bid to create 12,500 new jobs over the next three years.
Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Senator Michaelia Cash, says that the $27.7 million initiative is about making it easier for Australians to start an apprenticeship.
“Older apprentices are some of the best workers in our community. The experience and maturity they bring to their apprenticeship – after years of studying or working elsewhere – are highly valued by employers,” she said.
“Extending the eligibility to adult apprentices aged 21-24 will encourage more of our employers to take them on”.
Apprenticeships Matter are excited by this announcement, having advocated strongly for the Government to make this change. The change will take affect as of 1st July 2019.
View Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash media release