Getting more apprentices and trainees on the job

3 October 2019

The Hodgman majority Liberal Government’s number one priority is to create jobs for Tasmanians, and our Plan is working.

We are delivering our election commitments to extend our successful Payroll Tax Rebate Scheme and Targeted Small Business Grants Program, which was overwhelmingly endorsed by Tasmanians.

Both these programs are driving even more apprenticeships and traineeships to ensure more young Tasmanians get the skills they need for a great job and successful career.

The Programs provide payroll tax relief and grants to businesses operating in Tasmania that employ apprentices, trainees and youth employees in the key building and construction, tourism and hospitality, and advanced manufacturing sectors.

In the 2018-19 financial year, the payroll tax relief scheme has supported 2096 apprentices/trainees and 212 youth employees at a cost of $5.8 million.

Our Small Business Grants for Apprentices and Trainees Program recognise and complement the valuable investment that small business makes in training the next generation of Tasmanians, and we want to make sure the sector is confident and prepared to take on more workers.

As at 30 September 2019, the Program has supported 1,151 apprentices and trainees with 738 employers with an annual budget of $2.5 million.

The latest National Centre for Vocational Education Research data shows over the year to March 2019, Tasmanian trade apprenticeships have surged by 10.4 per cent, despite a drop in the national rate. Not only that, but we are also delivering the highest completion rates in the country.

Since we came to office, 13,500 jobs have been created, nearly 1,600 new small businesses have begun operation and Tasmania is now leading the nation in many key indicators, including having the fastest growing economy in the country, for the first time in 15 years.

Such strong results do not happen by accident, they reflect the Hodgman majority Liberal Government’s long-term vision and Plan to grow the economy and create jobs.

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