Federal Government’s New Energy Apprenticeships Program
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The Federal Government has implemented a new program that provides support to individuals undertaking a Certificate III or above qualification for a Clean Energy Occupation listed on the Australian Apprenticeships Priority List: https://www.dewr.gov.au/skills-support-individuals/resources/appendix-australian-apprenticeship-priority-list.
Apprentices who started on or after 1 January 2023 are eligible for the program and have access to financial assistance of up to $10,000. To help improve apprentice retention and completion rates, payments are made at intervals based on the apprentices start date.
Full-time apprentices are eligible to claim up to $2,000 at four intervals during their studies and on completion of their apprenticeship. Part-time apprentices can claim up to $1,000 at these intervals.
From July 2023, apprentices in the program will have access to professional development training delivered by industry mentors.
The Minister for Regional Development, Local Government and Territories, and Member for Eden-Monaro, the Hon Kristy McBain MP said, “A large number of people in Eden-Monaro are pursuing careers in the clean energy sector, which covers up to 40 different occupations across multiple industries, including solar panel installation, working on large-scale renewable projects, through to agricultural technicians.
“We’re incentivising them to undertake an apprenticeship and to follow their dream profession, because you can’t underestimate the value of learning on the job.
“This will ensure there’s a pipeline of skilled workers to support Australia’s clean energy infrastructure now and in the future.”
For more information about the New Energy Apprenticeship Program, visit: www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/aus-apprenticeships-incentives
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