The upcoming changes are going to make apprentices more attractive to employers. The benefits are that more employers are going to decide to take on apprentices in future.
Details about the changes can be found here.
Further benefits for apprentices and employers
From July next year, eligible employers and apprentices can benefit from the Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment (AISSP). This payment is available in occupations where there is a national skills shortage. In order to be eligible for an AISPP, the apprentice must be new to the employer and be studying for a Certificate III or IV level qualification. The apprenticeship must lead to one of ten occupations.
What is the duration of an adult apprenticeship?
The duration of an adult apprenticeship will vary depending on if it is full time or part time. If you are applying to do a full time apprenticeship, it could take you up to 4 years to complete. However, if you are considering doing a part time apprenticeship, this could take even longer to finish.
Removing “barriers” to starting an adult apprenticeship
The Support for Adult Australian Apprentices (SAAA) is a scheme which was set up as a means of removing “barriers” to starting an apprenticeship. Through the scheme, apprentices are encouraged to build vital work skills. Payments are paid to the employer of a mature apprentice.
Eligible employers can get SAAA payments when the adult apprentice is in the process of studying for a “Certificate III or IV level qualification” which is on the “National Skills needs list.” The apprentice must be receiving the “National Minimum Wage” from their employer and meet “eligibility criteria.”
More details about SAAA payments can be found here.
What financial assistance is available to adult apprentices?
The Australian Government provides financial assistance to help with paying the costs associated with starting an apprenticeship. There is currently a variety of financial support available for Australian adult apprentices. Here is a brief overview of the help available.
1. Skills Shortage Payment for adult apprentices
From the beginning of July, 2019 eligible apprentices in occupations with skills shortages could get the Additional Identified Skills Shortage Payment. There are 10 occupations currently experiencing skills shortages on a national level.
In order to be eligible for the payment, "the apprentice must be new to the employer, commencing a Certificate III or IV level qualification on or after 1 July 2019 leading to one of ten occupations experiencing national skills shortages." Usually, employers can only claim for additional apprentices. However, apprentices in the 10 occupations experiencing skills shortages will be eligible as long as they are working towards a certificate III or IV qualification.
More information about the payment is available here.
2. Trade Support Loans for adult apprentices
Trade Support Loans are for helping apprentices with day-to-day expenses during the course of an apprenticeship. Throughout an apprenticeship, eligible apprentices can receive as much as $21,078. The amount payable depends on the year you start your apprenticeship.
You may be entitled to a Trade Support Loan if you are:
- Working towards gaining a Certificate II, III or IV leading to a Trade Support Loans Priority List occupation; or
- Working towards gaining a Certificate II, III or IV leading to a Trade Support Loans Priority List agricultural qualification; or
- Working towards gaining a Certificate II, III or IV leading to a Trade Support Loans Priority List horticulture qualification
3. Living Away from Home Allowance for young apprentices and the homeless
Living Away from Home Allowance is available for eligible apprentices who need to move away from their parental home during the first three years of an apprenticeship.
The allowance is available for eligible apprentices who start and remain in their apprenticeships but need to move away from home. If you need to move home to get a good training there is also scope to do so. Adult apprentices who become homeless during their adult apprenticeship may also be eligible for assistance.
4. Apprentice disability assistance
Apprentices affected by a disability are provided with additional assistance when that disability is affecting their ability to take part in “off-the-job training.” This assistance is provided as “tutorial, interpreter and mentor services for apprentices”
Details of all the financial support for Australian apprentices is available here.
To get specific and personal feedback on what financial assistance you may be entitled too, contact your local Australian Apprenticeship Support Network. To find your nearest one visit Australian Apprenticeships.