Regional Development Board welcomes new Federal Initiative supporting local apprentices

Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast has welcomed the recent Federal Government announcement supporting local apprenticeships through its $60 million Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy.

“This is a fantastic financial incentive for local businesses who are looking to put on a new apprentice” said RDALC Chair Peter Gandolfi, “This support will assist our regional businesses to give local students new employment opportunities and help futureproof skills for the Limestone Coast” he said.
From 1 January 2019, employers in regional centres will be able to access government subsidies to cover 75 per cent of their apprentice’s award wage in the first year, 50 per cent in the second year, and 25 per cent in the third year.

Those looking to undertake a full-time apprenticeship at certificate III and IV levels in occupations on the National Skills Needs List (including signwriters, bakers, carpenters, electricians and mechanics) will be eligible under the scheme.

“We’ve heard from employers in the region that boiler makers, pastry chefs, diesel mechanics and cooks are in demand.” said Mr Gandolfi, “This incentive will help bolster regional skills and encourage our youth to remain in the region to build their careers locally.”

For further Information contact:
Mr Peter Gandolfi
Chair, RDALC
M: 0419 155 447

Mr David Wheaton,
Chief Executive Officer
T: 87231057
M: 0417 885 920