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On 28 November 2018, the Prime Minister, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, and Senator; the Hon Michaelia Cash, Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, announced that Hon Steven Joyce will undertake a review into the Australian vocational education and training (VET) system.
The report will be delivered to the Government in March 2019.
The Review will focus on how the Australian Government can ensure millions of Australians have the skills they need to succeed in a changing labour market. It will also focus on ensuring Australian businesses, including small and family businesses and businesses in rural and regional areas, have the skills they need to support their business growth.
For more information and to view the terms of reference, click here
Minister for Small and Family Business, Skills and Vocational Education, Michaelia Cash, has just announced that effective 1 July 2019, eligibility for the Support for Adult Australian Apprentices (SAAA) payment will be extended to employers taking on eligible apprentices aged 21-24.
Currently only available for employers taking on eligible apprentices aged 25 and over, the one-off SAAA payment of $4,000 will be available to employers who hire and sign up eligible Australian Apprentices aged 21 to 24 years studying a Certificate III or IV level qualification in a trade or industry identified as experiencing a national skills shortage.
“Extending the incentive payments initiative for adult apprentices will support 12,500 apprentices over three years…from 2019-20,” Minister Cash said.
The extended SAAA payment eligibility not only aims to create more employment and training opportunities for adult apprentices but also to increase the skills and capabilities of local industry.
To see how the extended SAAA payment can create opportunities for your business, get in touch with your local apprenticeship centre though this website