Prime Minister Scott Morrison will announce a $1.2bn extension of a popular funding scheme aimed at helping tradies.
The federal government will spend an extra $1.2bn on a scheme to help tradies hire thousands of new apprentices and trainees.
The Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy program will be extended for 12 months for new apprentices and trainees who are signed up before September 30.
The extra cash injection is expected to create about 70,000 apprenticeships and traineeships, on top of the 50,000 the scheme helped create since launching in September last year.
Carpenters, electricians, child carers and mechanics are some of the top jobs that have benefited from the scheme already.
The program will now be demand-driven and employers will be eligible to receive up to $7000 a quarter to hire or keep on an apprentice.
In a speech on Tuesday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison will say the government has not “forgotten” people looking for work or reskilling.
“At the outset of the pandemic, we made keeping apprentices in their jobs one of our first priorities,” he will say.
“These apprentices would likely have been the first to go. Such a loss would have been devastating for our economy.
“Through wage subsidy programs like Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements, our government is helping employers retain and take on new apprentices and trainees.
“Together with the support for existing apprentices, over 222,000 apprentices and trainees are being supported by our wage subsidy programs, keeping our pipeline of skilled workers in place during a once in a century global pandemic and recession.”
The Prime Minister will also detail how 40 per cent of the new apprentices and trainees have gone to small businesses, with the largest take up in the construction, food and beverage, administrative, and repair and maintenance sectors.
About one-fifth of new apprentices since the scheme began were 35 or older.
The scheme has been most popular in the construction sector in NSW, with 4603 businesses taking on 6477 new tradies.