Apprenticeship Boost extended an extra 4 months

19 March 2021.

The Government has extended the Apprenticeship Boost initiative for another 4 months, so it runs until August 2022. A total of 24 months of payments could be available to help retain an apprentice who is in their first two years of training.

Apprenticeship Boost is a subsidy that employers can get for apprentices who are in their first two years of training. It's to keep people employed and learning valuable vocation skills that will accelerate the economic recovery from COVID-19.

Since launching in August 2020, over 10,000 employers have signed up and received almost $97 million in subsidies for over 21,000 apprentices (first and second year). The extension to the initiative could see another 5,000 new apprentices benefit.

The Minister of Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni said it's important that apprentices have additional support when times are tough, especially when they are getting established in their first two years in an industry.

"We know that Apprenticeship Boost is already working for this group with $80 million being paid out to employers in first year apprentices already. Extending this initiative shows that we are backing our apprentices and their employers to succeed."