The Construction Training Fund (CTF) has announced a pilot program that aims to improve the construction industry’s capacity to employ mature-age apprentices and trainees.
In addition to the standard CTF grants for which an employer may be eligible, employers of new mature age apprentices that are successful applicants for the program will receive additional support. This support is calculated based on the annual gap in the award rate for mature-age and youth apprentices.
To be eligible for participation in the program applicants must demonstrate previous success in apprentice training completion, success in engagement and retention of aboriginal and female apprentices and provision of appropriate support services for apprentices, trainees, and employers.
Of the 150 places available, 100 will be allocated to group training organisations and 50 will be allocated to direct indenture employers. The CTF seeks to have a minimum 15% participation rate of female and indigenous apprentices in the program.
The program is also designed to investigate and evaluate the sustainability of outcomes for the construction industry.
The grants will be exclusive of overtime and other allowances, leave and superannuation costs, and apply for the period an apprentice or trainee remains actively employed in a training contract registered with the Department of Training and Workforce Development.
The Minister for Education & Training, the Hon Sue Ellery said, “this new pilot program will help alleviate some of the additional wage costs faced by employers who might be considering a mature-age apprentice and offer mature-age people an opportunity to secure a pathway into a rewarding career in the building and construction industry.”
Chairman of the Building and Construction Industry Training Board, Mr Reg Howard-Smith outlined that “CTF’s intention with this initiative is to provide the building and construction industry with additional support to grow and diversify its workforce, particularly at a time when the Government’s State Recovery Plan has created a strong pipeline of work.”
More information is available here or you can call CTF on 9244 0100.
Or, to apply? go here