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Federal Government Slashes Funding For Employee Training

31 October 2012

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As part of a major overhaul of the apprenticeship system, the Gillard Government recently announced that Diplomas across the majority of industry sectors will no longer be eligible for Traineeship Incentives.  In addition, there were also major incentive cuts to part-time employees looking to undertake an Australian Apprenticeship or Traineeship.

Some of the reforms include:

Diploma Eligibility Changes

Diplomas across the majority of industry sectors will no longer be eligible for the $3,000 existing worker Traineeship Incentive or $4,000 for the part-time employee incentive.  This includes all Business and IT Diplomas.

Diploma and Advanced Diploma Australian Apprenticeships which remain unaffected by the change include qualifications that lead to one of the following sectors: Aged Care, Child Care and Enrolled Nurses.

Diploma and Advanced Diploma Australian Apprenticeships that commence or recommence on or after 23 October 2012 will be assessed under the new rules.

Under the new rules, completion incentives for those who have already commenced prior to the 23rd October will only be paid if the Australian Apprentice/Trainee successfully completes prior to 1 July 2013.

Part-time Eligibility Changes

There will no longer be a commencement incentive for part-time trainees, with the completion incentive reduced to $1,500. 

Part-time Australian Apprenticeships which will remain unaffected by the change include

  • Part-time Australian Apprenticeships at the Certificate III or IV level which lead to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List (NSNL) - A full list of the occupations on the NSNL is available at (www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au);
  • Australian School-based Apprenticeships; and
  • Part-time Diploma and Advanced Diploma Australian Apprenticeships that lead to the Aged Care, Child Care or Enrolled Nurses sectors.

Part-time Australian Apprenticeships that commence or recommence on or after 23 October 2012 will be assessed under the new rules.

Under the new rules, completion incentives for those who have already commenced prior to the 23rd October 2012 will only be paid if the Australian Apprentice/Trainee successfully completes prior to 1 July 2013 e.g. remains a $2,500 payment.

For more information please contact an Education Manager on 1300 009 924.

ACT NOW!

The good news is that Traineeship incentives for Certificate level qualifications remain intact, and there are other forms of funding and incentives available, but the shifting nature of Government policy means that the funding and incentives landscape is subject to rapid changes.  Upskilled recommends that organisations act now in order to maximise existing opportunities.

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