Incentive to hire apprentices extended to end of April

Businesses can receive an extra incentive when hiring apprentices this month.
Businesses can receive an extra incentive when hiring apprentices this month. Tony Martin

CONSTRUCTION and engineering businesses on the Fraser Coast have been encouraged to consider employing an apprentice, with the extension of a Federal Government initiative to get young people into work.

The Kickstart initiative provides $3350 payment for businesses who take on a new apprentice, on top of the existing $1500 payment.

The program will now be extended until the end of April.

Employment agencies have thrown their support behind the extension, with BUSY at Work chief executive officer Paul Miles saying the extension would provide more job opportunities for young workers.

"This increases support will go a long way to help boost the nominated small to medium-sized business sectors," he said.

Eligible businesses must have less than 200 staff, with eligible trades including carpenters, bricklayers, cabinetmakers, electricians, fitter and turners, stonemasonry and tilers.

The initiative was due to finish in February.

Topics:  apprenticeship employment federal government

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