The recent South Australia Government Budget included some extra incentives for hiring full time staff, including apprentices. Over the last few years there have been a number of changes to the incentives employers are able to claim for hiring an apprentice. The current incentives are:
$1500 commencement incentive from the Federal Govt at 6 month milestone
$2100 CITB incentive at 12 month milestone
$2000 Job Accelerator Grant payment from State Govt at 12 month milestone
$2100 CITB incentive at 24 month milestone
$2000 Job Accelerator Grant payment from State Govt at 24 month milestone
$2100 CITB incentive at 36 month milestone
$2100 CITB incentive at 48 month milestone
$2500 completion payment from the Federal Govt at completion of contract
PLUS: Exemption from the Return To Work (WorkCover) levy
On top of this the Australia Brick & Block Training Foundation (ABBTF) also offers these extra incentives for BRICKLAYING apprentices
$3,000 Brickstart Subsidy – specifically for employers of bricklaying apprentices paid as $1000 over 3 years.
ABBTF also offers two special, one-off payments to employers and GTOs:
- A $2,000 incentive for employing Female Apprentice Bricklayers on the completion of Year 1, and
- A $2,000 Support for Adult Apprentices when employing a 21-24 year old apprentice.
A step by step guide on how to hire an apprentice for the first time, including information on incentives.
Last year the CITB rolled out a new way for employers and apprentices to track the skills and work apprentices undertake. It’s via a simple smartphone app that can be downloaded following this link. It takes a few minutes Friday afternoon for apprentices to login and record what they have done for the week. So if they spent 1 hour each day preparing the site, they click on that image and enter 5 hours for the week. This will now be the way the CITB processes incentive payments to employers, so its worth a small amount of effort each week.
If anyone is unsure about the app or would like to be given a demonstration in person, just call us on 83675615 to set up a time. Apprentices will be reminded each day they attend trade school to log their work into my profiling as well.