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Apprentice wage support for small businesses

As part of the Government’s Economic Response to the Coronavirus, $1.3 billion will be made available to 70,000 small businesses to help them keep around 117,000 apprentices and trainees across the country in work and training.

What is Supporting Apprentices and Trainees?
Supporting Apprentices and Trainees provides a wage subsidy to small businesses (including those using a Group Training Organisation) to support the retention of their existing apprentices and trainees. This recognises the benefits of training already undertaken by apprentices and trainees and the significant investment made by employers.

The wage subsidy is also available to employers of any size, including a Group Training Organisation, if they re-engage an apprentice or trainee that has been displaced from a small business.

The wage subsidy will support businesses to manage cash-flow challenges and help small businesses retain their apprentices and trainees. This will help to ensure the continued development of the skilled workforce that employers need.

How much will be available to employers?
Eligible employers will receive assistance in the form of a wage subsidy reimbursed in arrears at 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage.

The wage subsidy will be available for a maximum of nine months, covering wages paid from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020, or paid from the date of re-employment for an apprentice or trainee who has been displaced.

Employers will be reimbursed up to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter, per eligible apprentice or trainee.

Who is eligible?
Eligible employers will receive assistance in the form of a wage subsidy reimbursed in arrears at 50 per cent of the apprentice’s or trainee’s wage.

An employer who retains an apprentice or trainee in their Australian Apprenticeship may be eligible for the subsidy where:

  • the employer is a small business (with fewer than 20 employees); or
  • a small business (with fewer than 20 employees) using a Group Training Organisation; and
  • the apprentice or trainee was undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship with the employer on 1 March 2020

Any employer (including all small, medium or large businesses or Group Training Organisations) who re-engage an out-of-trade apprentice or trainee may be eligible for the subsidy where:

  • the apprentice or trainee was undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship on 1 March 2020, in a small business; and
  • the apprentice or trainee was released from the small business; and
  • the new employer or Group Training Organisation has engaged the apprentice or trainee.

When will Supporting Apprentices and Trainees be available?
Employers can register with an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network (AASN) provider for the subsidy from 2 April 2020.

Employers will be able to access the subsidy after an eligibility assessment is undertaken by an AASN provider and following submission of a claim form and other supporting documentation by the employer.

Final claims for payment must be lodged by 31 December 2020.

How are payments made?
Payments are made directly to the recipient’s nominated bank account.

Are full-time and part-time apprentices and trainees eligible?
Yes, employers of both full-time and part-time apprentices and trainees may be eligible to attract the subsidy.

Where can employers find further information?
Contact Inscope Training on 1300 579 808 to find out more information, or to find an AASN in your area.

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Congratulations Mitch!

Congratulations to Mitch Seckington on becoming a qualified chippie!

Mitch Seckington has completed his apprenticeship and is now a qualified carpenter!

After trying his hand at a couple of things down south, Mitch took on an apprenticeship in carpentry. After completing his apprenticeship he has taken on the the challenge of being a foreman with his employer, the Niclin Group.

"It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and now I have done it. It’s an achievement." said a beaming Mitch.

The entire team at Inscope Training wishes Mitch all the very best in his career!

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Silica Awareness Training

Silica Awareness training

Inscope Training is pleased to announce our new Silica Safety Awareness course!

Silica has been a long standing health hazard which has caused a great deal of disease and death since civilisation began. The risk arises through the inhalation of dust containing crystalline silica.

In this online Silica Safety Awareness course, you will learn about the basics of Silica and Silica Dust encountered during construction activities. This course will identify:

  • basic health hazards associated with exposure to silica and respirable crystalline silica dust
  • common construction tasks that could result in exposure
  • typical control measures that may be implemented to protect workers from exposure to silica and the dust including engineering controls, work practices and respirators.

This Silica Awareness course is provided 100% online and is highly interactive with all elements provided via engaging multimedia. For your convenience, it can be completed over time, and your progress will be saved so you can log in and out at your leisure.

Companies and employers can make this course available to their employees and contractors by adding it to their personalised Inscope Training landing page. This saves the hassle of chasing people for their certificates and makes the invoicing / payment a breeze.

To commence If you want to set up a personalised landing page for your company, just call us on 1300 579 808 - it only takes a few minutes.

Inscope Training proudly supports the Lung Foundation Australia by donating $5 from every course to this worthwhile charity.


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First Aid Awareness - Best in Australia

Inscope Training is pleased to introduce a brand new First Aid Awareness course.

This course, we believe, is the most thorough and engaging first aid awareness course available in Australia.

Emergency situations occur every day, and knowing what to do and how to respond may reduce the severity of an injury or illness - it may even save a life.

This course is an awareness only course which is designed to help you respond correctly in the event of an accident, injury or illness.

The engaging content of this course was created by the highly skilled team at Coba First Aid. A sample of their resources can be viewed below Coba Course Sample

Knowledge about first aid is something everyone should have so get on board and have at go this truly great course.

You don't even have to pay until you finish - how good is that?





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Funding available for courses

Inscope Training is a proud recipient of Construction Skills Queensland (CSQ) funding for some of our courses.

The funding is only available to Queensland based workers in the Building and Construction industry who meet the eligibility criteria.

Our courses that are subject to the CSQ funding are:

  • Contractors Business Management course (BSBSMB401 Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business)
  • Asbestos Awareness course
  • Perform rescue from a live LV panel (UETTDRRF06B)

Please note funding is not available for all courses and applicants must meet the eligibility criteria.

Before applying, please call us on 1300 579 808 to discuss the funded training options you may be eligible for.

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