As we are all aware, in Queensland, especially in the south east corner has found itself bustling with infrastructure upgrades, however, one of the fastest growing concerns is the lack of skilled employees to assist with the further works announced in in the 2021 federal budget.
With COVID-19 continuing to impact the states and territories outside of Queensland in unprecedented ways, the Australian Federal Government has released new budgetary measures to continue the forward economic momentum that Australia had experienced prior to 2020.
As part of this budget, not only has the federal government budgeted further billion-dollar projects on the sunshine coast, but funding for the formal training within the industry has be made available, potentially unknowingly to employers and prospective employees.
The following is a brief explanation of key funding area’s that you may be eligible for:
- CSQ Funding
Construction Skills Queensland is an independent, not-for-profit, industry-funded body supporting employers, workers, apprentices and career seekers in the building and construction industry.
For individuals either working within the industry, or with prior industry experience, may be able to tap into CSQ’s funding. To find a comprehensive list of courses such as RII30815 Certificate III in Civil Construction Plant Operations, visit CSQ’s list of courses and RTO’s with registered training supplier status by clicking the following link:
For More information about CSQ refer to the link below
2. Australian Apprentice Subsidy
To assist with the recovery from the impact of COVID-19, the Australian Government is providing support to all employers who engage a new Australian Apprentice through the $1.2 billion dollar ‘Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy’.
Commencing today, the 5 October 2020, any businesses or Group Training Organisation that engages an Australian Apprentice may be eligible for a subsidy of 50 per cent of wages paid to an apprentice between 5 October 2020 and 30 September 2021, to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter.
This assistance will support 100,000 new apprentices and trainees across Australia and is in addition to the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy which is helping small and medium businesses to keep their apprentices and trainees in work and training.
On top of these, employers may be eligible for sign up incentives of up to $4000.00 depending on the terms of employment and other details.
In short, if you are looking for opportunity to start your new career, or perhaps just looking to improve and advance your current skills, be sure to reach out and find what may be available to you!