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Indexation of craft rates



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MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT AND YOUTH AFFAIRS

The Hon. Ian Viner, MP

EMBARGO: 11/2/79

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INDEXATION OF CRAFT RATES

The Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs, Mr Ian Viner today announced revised rates for the Commonwealth Rebate for Apprentice Full-Time Training (CRAFT) to be effective from 1/1/79. This is in line with the Government's commitment to index these rates annually.

The new rates increase the technical education rebate for each day that an apprentice is released in paid working hours to attend or study for a basic trade course of technical education from $12 to $13 for stages 1 & 2 and from $16 to $17 for later stages. The off-the-job training rebate has been increased from $6.00 to $6.50 per day and the living-away-from-home allowances have . been increased from $19.80 to $21 per week for first year apprentices and from $7.60 to $8.00 per week for second year apprentices.

Mr Viner said "In addition to increasing the intake of apprentices, CRAFT aims to improve the quality of apprentice training by providing tax free rebates to employers for release of apprentices to attend basic trade training at a technical college and to encourage systematic full-time off-the-job instruction of apprentices in order to achieve earlier productivity of the apprentice. Furthermore, CRAFT forms part of an overall strategy designed to bring the technical education component in apprenticeship forward so that it takes place earlier in an apprenticeship.

"CRAFT also seeks to facilitate entry into the apprenticeship by providing a living-away-from- home allowance for young people.required to be away from home in order to enter or remain in an apprenticeship." The allowance provides for payment for the first 2 years of an apprenticeship.

Mr Viner expressed hope that employers who had not recruited apprentices or had reduced their intake in recent years would reconsider their position given the increased CRAFT rates and the need to plan ahead to obtain trained tradesmen.

Mr Viner stressed the need to have trained tradesmen available as economic recovery occurred, in order to meet the needs of industry and help avoid skills bottlenecks which may cause wage inflation

CANBERRA

11 February 1979