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Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50% of the apprentice or trainee’s wages

Published on: Friday, 17 July 2020

As part of the Economic Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Australian Government is helping businesses to manage cash flow challenges and to keep your apprentices and trainees employed.

The Australian Government is extending and expanding the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy, to include medium-sized businesses who had an apprentice in place on 1 July 2020.

Eligible employers can apply for a wage subsidy of 50 per cent of the apprentice or trainee’s wages paid until 31 March 2021. In addition to the existing support for small businesses, medium-sized businesses will now be eligible for the subsidy, for wages paid from 1 July 2020 – 31 March 2021.

Subsidies will also be available to any new employer who re-engages an eligible apprentice that was displaced by an eligible small or medium sized business.

Is my business eligible?

  • Your small business may be eligible if:
    • you employ fewer than 20 people; or
    • you are a small business with fewer than 20 people, using a Group Training Organisation; and
    • the apprentice or trainee was undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship with you on 1 July 2020 for claims after this date. Claims prior to 1 July 2020, will continue to be based on the 1 March 2020 eligibility date.
  • Your medium-sized business may be eligible if:
    • you employ 199 people or fewer; or
    • you are a medium business with 199 people or fewer, using a Group Training Organisation; and
    • the apprentice or trainee was undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship with you on 1 July 2020.
  • Any employer (including all small, medium or large businesses and Group Training Organisations) who re-engages an apprentice or trainee displaced from an eligible small or medium business may also be eligible for the subsidy.

How much is the subsidy?

  • Eligible employers will receive a wage subsidy of up to 50 per cent of the wages paid worth up to $7,000 per quarter, per eligible apprentice or trainee, reimbursed in arrears.

Anything else I should know?

  • Claims from small businesses can continue to be submitted as normal. Claims from medium-sized businesses will open on 1 October 2020.

How can I apply or find out more?
For further information on how to apply for the subsidy, including information on eligibility, contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider via australianapprenticeships.gov.au/search-aasn.

For a copy of the above information as a fact sheet, click here.

Did you know EGT apprentices are cheaper than ever thanks to JobKeeper?

Published on: Thursday, 9 July 2020

Did you know EGT apprentices are cheaper than ever thanks to JobKeeper?


First year
Based on a 1st year apprentice hired by a NECA member in building and construction working four days with their host employer and one day at CET/TAFE:

  • Charges ~ $787.97 - Charged for 4 days work (EGT pays for the CET/TAFE day), no travel allowance
  • JobKeeper ~ $435.62 - Discount for JobKeeper based on the apprentice wages
  • Charges minus JobKeeper ~ $352.35 - JobKeeper is applied before GST
  • GST ~ $35.24 - GST would have been $78.79 without JobKeeper
  • Minus CTF Subsidy ~ $41.95 - No change
  • Invoice Total ~ $345.64 - Would have been $823.20 (Saving $442.33)

This is the equivalent of just $11.37 per hour and the discount is applied to the current invoice saving you from the hassle of paying the whole amount and claiming it back.
You just pay the low rate and EGT will look after the rest!


Second Year
Based on a 2nd year apprentice hired by a NECA member in building and construction working four days with their host employer and one day at CET/TAFE:

  • Charges ~ $894.06 - Charged for 4 days work (EGT pays for the CET/TAFE day), no travel allowance
  • JobKeeper ~ $512.23 - Discount for JobKeeper based on the apprentice wages
  • Charges minus JobKeeper ~ $381.83 - JobKeeper is applied before GST
  • GST ~ $38.18 - GST would have been $89.41 without JobKeeper
  • Minus CTF Subsidy ~ $41.95 - No change
  • Invoice Total ~ $378.06 - Would have been $983.47 (Saving $605.41)

This is the equivalent of just $12.44 per hour and the discount is applied to the current invoice saving you from the hassle of paying the whole amount and claiming it back.
You just pay the low rate and EGT will look after the rest!

Third Year - From 27/07/20
Based on a 3rd year apprentice hired by a NECA member in building and construction working four days with their host employer and one day at CET/TAFE:

  • Charges ~ $1,038.77 - Charged for 4 days work (EGT pays for the CET/TAFE day), no travel allowance
  • JobKeeper ~ $576.38 - Discount for JobKeeper based on the apprentice wages
  • Charges minus JobKeeper ~ $462.38 - JobKeeper is applied before GST
  • GST ~ $46.24 - GST would have been $103.88 without JobKeeper
  • Minus CTF Subsidy ~ $41.95 - No change
  • Invoice Total ~ $466.67 - Would have been $1,142.64 (Saving $675.97)

This is the equivalent of just $15.35 per hour and the discount is applied to the current invoice saving you from the hassle of paying the whole amount and claiming it back.
You just pay the low rate and EGT will look after the rest!

Fourth Year - From 27/07/20
Based on a 4th year apprentice hired by a NECA member in building and construction working four days with their host employer and one day at CET/TAFE:

  • Charges ~ $1,448.94 - Charged for 5 days work (38 hours), no travel allowance
  • JobKeeper ~ $750.00 - Discount for JobKeeper based on the apprentice wages
  • Charges minus JobKeeper ~ $698.94 - JobKeeper is applied before GST
  • GST ~ $69.89 - GST would have been $144.89 without JobKeeperMinus CTF Subsidy ~ $41.95 - No change
  • Invoice Total ~ $716.39 - Would have been $1,593.83 (Saving $877.44)

This is the equivalent of just $18.85 per hour and the discount is applied to the current invoice saving you from the hassle of paying the whole amount and claiming it back.
You just pay the low rate and EGT will look after the rest!

Even more support for employers of apprentices and trainees

Published on: Thursday, 9 July 2020

The State Government has recently announced the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive.

As an employer, if you employ an apprentice or a trainee who was terminated on, or after 1 March 2020 (ie. a displaced apprentice or trainee), you will receive:

  • a one-off payment of $6,000 for an apprentice
  • a one-off payment of $3,000 for a trainee

This incentive from the Department of Training and Workforce Development is available until 30 June 2021.
The re-engagement incentive is supported by a new Out of Contract Register, available on the Jobs and Skills WA website, which helps apprentices and trainees who have been stood down to find a new employer.

The register provides employers with a quick search tool to find apprentices and trainees who are keen to continue their training.

However, it is not the easiest website to understand. The Search Function has been de-identified so it does not list the personal details of the apprentice or trainee.

What it will do is show you if there is, for example, a first-year electrical mechanic apprentice in the North Metropolitan area or a fourth-year electrical mechanic in the South West. Once you have identified the level of apprentice you are looking for in your area, you can also see the apprentice’s individual training contract ID. You can then contact the department and request the details of that apprentice or apprentices.

Click here for more information on the Apprenticeship and Traineeship Re-engagement Incentive, or call the Apprenticeship Office Helpline on 13 19 54.

In addition to the above, remember you may also be eligible to access the following apprentice funding:

  1. The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive of up to $8,500
  2. All WA State Government COVID-19 financial support measures for businesses
  3. CTF financial support for the building and construction industry
  4. The Commonwealth wage subsidy for apprentices, up to $21,000
  5. Other financial support and incentives

2020 NECA Apprentice Awards

Published on: Monday, 29 June 2020

Congratulations to the finalists and winners of the 2020 NECA Apprentice Awards!

This prestigious award celebrates and rewards apprentices’ outstanding achievements and efforts in the electrical and communications industry. NECA WA congratulates the finalists and winners of 2020.

We look forward to celebrating the 2020 award winners at the NECA Awards dinner in June 2021.

1st Year Apprentice Category

FINALISTS
Connor Dawe - Electrical Group Training, hosted by Team Electrical Services
Alexander Falck - Electrical Group Training, hosted by EKKA Group
WINNER
Tiarnan van Osch - Electrical Group Training, hosted by SUEZ Perth Seawater Desalination Plant

2nd Year Apprentice Category

FINALISTS
Thomas Hanney - Electrical Group Training, hosted by Nilsen (WA)
Ryan Hinrichsen - Electrical Group Training, hosted by Bon Electrics
WINNERS
Tansy Roper - Switch It Up Electrical

and
Emerson Johnston - Electrical Group Training, hosted by SMEC Power and Technology


3rd Year Apprentice Category

FINALISTS
Euan Brown - Electrical Group Training, hosted by Insight Electrical
Josh Szczyglak - Electrical Group Training, hosted by Nilsen (WA)

WINNER
Rick Wood - Electrical Group Training, hosted by M Power U Electrical Contracting


4th Year Commercial/Domestic Apprentice Category

FINALISTS
Christopher Jones - Nilsen (WA)
Peter Matthews - Electrical Group Training, hosted by RH Matthews
WINNER
Jake Sardelic - Nilsen (WA)


4th Year Communications Apprentice Category

WINNER
Joel Manfield - Electrical Group Training, hosted by CPR Electrical Services


4th Year Industrial Apprentice Category

FINALIST
Cameron Laird - Pinnaroo Electrical T/A MEEC
WINNER
William Barratt - Electrical Group Training, hosted by Mak Industrial Water Solutions


Nominations for the 2021 NECA Apprentice Awards will open in January. For more information contact Claire Gerber, NECA WA Events Manager, on (08) 6241 6100 or email events@necawa.asn.au

Tax Tips for apprentices

Published on: Monday, 29 June 2020

Tax time is fast approaching!
Are you preparing to lodge your tax return and wondering what sort of deductions you can claim?
The ATO has prepared a handy check list for apprentices with some suggestions of things that you can, and can't, claim on your tax return.

CLICK HERE to download the information sheet.

Apprentice webinars - view online

Published on: Monday, 29 June 2020

Many of us have experienced increased pressure over recent months due to the uncertainty of COVID-19.

EGT has developed some online webinars that you can view in your own time as a helpful resource.

Managing Uncertainty and Mental Health - CLICK HERE to view the video online

Managing your finances in a COVID-19 Environment - CLICK HERE to view the video online