Over 115 apprentices and trainees are back into jobs

Over 100 employers access new Reengagement Incentive.

More than 115  apprentices and trainees displaced through the impact of COVID-19 have already returned to work within a month of the new Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive being launched. 

The $4.8 million scheme supporting employers by providing one-off payments of $6,000 for apprentices and $3,000 for trainees, and gets apprentices and trainees whose training was cancelled or terminated re-engaged in training and back into work.

The Reengagement Incentive became available on July 2, 2020, and is already seeing strong uptake from industries including building and construction, automotive and electrical with more than 100 Western Australian employers accessing the scheme to date. it has also been well received in non-trade areas, with more than 20 apprentice hairdressers and barbers back at work and restarting their training in the past few weeks.

Available until June 30, 2021, the incentive is supported by a new Out of Contract Register, available on the Jobs and Skills WA website, which helps apprentices and trainees who have been stood down to find a new employer. The register provides employers with a quick search tool to find apprentices and trainees who are already skilled and experienced, and keen to get back into work and continue their training.

The Reengagement Incentive is part of the State Government's $229.2 million Rebuilding our TAFEs plan, which will provide more training and reskilling opportunities to boost job and career prospects and the State's economy by generating jobs.

For more information about the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Reengagement Incentive, visit  the Jobs and Skills WA website at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/reengagementincentive or call the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.

Support for apprentices and trainees, and employees, is also available at Jobs and Skills Centres. Each of the 13 JSCs located across metropolitan Perth and regional WA provide free advice, information and support to help with job searches, resume assistance and interview tips, and can assist employers to find an apprentice or trainee. The Jobs and Skills website also offers free online resources include videos, a jobs board, and the new Career Connect Facebook community.

Find out more at jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/jobswa

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