NEWS: National – 2013

Kickstart Bonus Extension Coincides with 300 Strong Pre-Apprenticeship Talent Pool

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Image: Pre-apprenticeship students, school based apprentices and international students in training at Trades North, Clarkson, Western Australia

The Federal Government has announced the extension of its December to February Kickstart Bonus incentive to trade employers taking on an apprentice, extending it for a further two months to April 30, 2013.

The bonus provides bricklayer employers with a further $3,350 on top of existing Year 1 apprenticeship subsidies already available and detailed at the ABBTF website.

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Out of Trade Apprentices are Still a Good Option

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Bricklayers who may be unable to find a suitable new apprentice, can opt to sign on an existing apprentice who is Out of Trade. The unemployed apprentice may be Out of Trade due to a lack of work with the employer, the location of work or if the apprentice is looking for a wider range of bricklaying learning experiences.

While the Kickstart Bonus does not apply to these apprentice recommencements, ABBTF is offering an additional $2,000 for the employer, payable 12 months after the re-signing for first and second year recommencements.  This is available during the Kickstart Bonus period.

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For employers of apprentices, Kickstart is ‘Money in the Bank’

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Ben Thompson with his new recruit Liam Harris, an Apprentice supported by Kickstart and other subsidies.

In NSW where, like most States, the building industry is picking up, the Federal Governments Kickstart Incentive is helping to get the decision on a new apprentice across the line.

More than 30 employers in that State so far have registered for the incentive.  Other States are showing similar results as employers become aware that the Kickstart offer will soon disappear.

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