RAC apprentices eligible for new ‘clean energy’ payment
Refrigeration and air conditioning apprentices are now suitable for added economical aid thanks to the trade’s reclassification as a “clean energy” occupation in the updated Australian Apprenticeships Precedence List.
The priority listing identifies occupations for the Australian Apprenticeships Incentive Program, which supplies assist payments for equally apprentices and their businesses.
The hottest precedence listing also features a new classification of clean up-electrical power-particular capabilities. In accordance to the federal government, these align to the requires of the clean up energy sector as identified by way of consultation and opinions from sector.
Of desire to the HVAC&R sector, both equally refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics, and air conditioning and mechanical companies plumbers have now been selected as cleanse power similar. This helps make apprentices in these positions qualified for the New Vitality Apprentice Assist Payment.
As mentioned on the Assistance for Australian Apprentices webpage, a comprehensive-time Australian apprentice can get a payment of $2,000 at six,12, 24 and 36 months, and completion a section-time Australian apprentice can get $1,000. This payment is to support satisfy the expense-of-living pressures and to remain in education.
This payment would be received as an alternative of (not in addition to) the Australian Apprentice Teaching Assist Payment, which already provides apprentices in priority occupations very similar payments, albeit at decrease rates.
“Apprentice completion fees have been steadily declining over the earlier 10 years, and we have to arrest that decrease to supply significant job pathways and work opportunities where industry demands them,” states Minister for Skills and Coaching Brendan O’Connor.
“Of all the apprentices and trainees that commenced coaching in 2017, the latest offered figures demonstrate just 55.7 per cent arrived at completion.
“Targeting places with recent and emerging competencies demand will make sure apprentices have safe work for yrs to occur and finally fill urgently wanted expertise vacancies.”
For much more details on offered incentives, click on right here.