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Increased apprenticeship rebates announced



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FOR T H E PRESS FOR T H E PRESS FOR T H E PRESS

MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT A N D YOUTH AFFAIRS The Hon. Ian Viner, MP 134/79

INCREASED APPRENTICESHIP REBATES ANNOUNCED

The Minister for Employment and Youth Affairs, Mr Ian Viner, today announced increased rebates to be paid to the employers of all apprentices under the CRAFT S c h e m e .

Mr Viner said increases of up to $7 a day for employers of

apprentices attending technical education would come into effect from January 1.

Other apprenticeship rebates to come into effect from January 1 include:

. A special 40% loading on the technical education

rebate for employers of apprentices who have completed an approved pre-employment training c o u r s e , involving an increase on current rates of between $7 and $14 a day;

. Doubling of the off-the-job training rebate from

$6.50 to $13 a day;

. Increases in the living-away-from-home allowances paid to apprentices of $1 per week to $22 per week

for first year apprentices and $9 per week for

apprentices in their second y e a r .

Mr Viner said today the $1000 cash rebate for apprentices taken on by employers between December 1 and June 30 next year additional to the numbers employed in.the same period last year which he had announced last month had generated great

interest among e m p l o y e r s . He said the $ 1000 cash rebate would not be t a x a b l e .

"I hope all employers will take advantage of these new

incentives to employ more apprentices and give more young people j o b s .

"Australia can only benefit by the training of more young people to meet the needs of the 8θ 1s , " he said.

Mr Viner said the new technical education rebates were now more closely linked to the actual wages paid to apprentices in the various trade g r o u p s . They would benefit the employers of 85,000 a p p r e ntices.

He said previously technical education rebates for all trade groups were based on the Federal Metal Trades Industry Award. Currently daily rates vary between $13 and $17, dependent on the year of apprenticeship.

The new CRAFT technical education rebates are:

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TRADE

APPRENTICE YEAR

FIRST SECOND THIRD FOURTH

GROUP

I

Stage of technical education II&III I&II III II&III III&IV

Technical Education Rebate $

Metal (including Vehicle

$14 $i4 $14 $18 $18 $18

Electrical 16 16 16 20 20 20

Building 19 19 19 24 24 24

Printing 15 15 !5 20 20 20

Food 17 17 17 20 20 20

Other 14 14 14 18 18 18

M r Viner stressed that the first year technical education rebates would be further increased by 40% where employers engaged apprentices who had completed an approved pre­ employment training course leading to a shortening of the apprentice term by at least 6 m o n t h s .

He said this would support the Commonwealth's school-to-work transition measures by providing a positive incentive for employers to recruit this type of a p p r e n t i c e , who would now attract first year CRAFT technical education rebates at the

following rates:

Metal Electrical Building Printing Food Other

$20 $22 . . $27 . . . . . . $21 . . $24 $20

As announced in the Budget the conditions applying to the payment of CRAFT off-the-job training rebate have been changed.

"This rebate has been doubled and will n o w be paid at the

same rate as the first year technical education rebate for a maximum of 130 days," Mr Viner -said. "In some circumstances °f f-"the - job training in second year may also attract this s u b s i d y ."

CANBERRA :20 D ee ember 1979