Job Trainer Scheme

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The PM has announced an expanded wage subsidy scheme, revealing the first element of the “second phase” of recovery after JobKeeper is phased out.

Almost 200,000 apprentices will have their pay covered by the Morrison Government and school leavers offered free training under a $2 billion investment to help support Australia’s COVID-19 recovery.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday announced the expanded wage subsidy JobTrainer scheme, worth up to $7000 a quarter.

It is the first element of the “second phase” of recovery after JobKeeper is phased out in September.

The fate of the $1500 a fortnight JobKeeper subsidy and the doubled dole payments is set to be announced next week in a major economic statement with the Prime Minister flagging ongoing support for some industries including Qantas.

The expanded apprentice wage subsidy will now cover half the pay of up to 180,000 eligible apprentices until March, 2021, up to a maximum of $530-a-week.

For the first time, it will also be extended to medium-size businesses with less than 200 employees, as well as small businesses that are already covered.

Mr Morrison said about 80,000 apprentices had already been supported and the extended scheme will cost “some $1.5 billion” between now and the end of March.

“We are very determined to look ahead and I would say to Australians, as difficult as these times are, let’s not look down, let’s look up, let’s lift our heads,” he said.

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