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Pearce apprentices and small businesses to benefit from wage subsidy trial

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The Morrison Government will invest a further $60 million to help ensure young people in Pearce have the opportunity to secure an apprenticeship by doubling the size of the successful Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy Trial.

The program began earlier this year to support eligible new Australian apprentices located in regional areas facing skill shortages.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter, said a re-elected Morrison Government would double the program’s size, allowing more Pearce businesses to be able to afford to take on a new apprentice.

“Apprenticeships unlock a lifetime of job opportunities,” Mr Porter said.

“This initiative is about making sure there are even more opportunities for our young people to learn a valuable trade.

“It will help create more apprentice plumbers, mechanics, electricians, painters and hairdressers for our electorate of Pearce.”

Under the subsidy, eligible employers are able to receive payments based on the apprentice’s relevant award wage rates. Subsidies are provided at 75 per cent of the apprentice’s award wage in the first year, followed with 50 per cent in the second year and 25 per cent in the third year.

The wage subsidy complements other incentives currently available and support the engagement of eligible new full-time apprentices at the Certificate III and IV levels in occupations on the National Skills Needs List in regional and rural communities.

Mr Porter said Bill Shorten and Labor have opposed this program at every opportunity.

“Young people in Pearce will miss out on an apprenticeship opportunity under Labor.”