FUNDING: There are more incentives available for employees to hire apprentices in regional and rural Australia.
FUNDING: There are more incentives available for employees to hire apprentices in regional and rural Australia. Contributed

More incentives to hire an apprentice in South Burnett

THERE are more incentives available for employees to hire apprentices in regional and rural Australia after the Federal Government announced $60 million in funding for subsidies for 1600 apprenticeships.

Maranoa MP David Littleproud said the $60 million boost, in addition to $60 million secured at the start of 2019 for the Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy Trial, would get more people in the South Burnett community into the workforce.

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"Communities across Maranoa are suffering from skills shortages and the AAWST will certainly bring a lot of opportunities for younger generations to get out there, learn and gain the skills necessary for meaningful employment," Mr Littleproud said.

"We are going to see new apprentices building up their skills base to become sparkies, plumbers, mechanics, hairdressers and painters."

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The AAWST includes 65 trades, and under the program employers receive subsidies covering 75 per cent of the apprentice's award wage in the first year, 50 per cent in the second year and 25 per cent in the third year.

"These incentives support Maranoa locals to get the skills to reach their potential, helps reduce crime and gives our communities a future," Mr Littleproud said.