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Employ and apprentice or trainee and invest in your business and your community

The Australian Government provides a range of support services to encourage businesses to invest in the skills their industry requires. MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre is contracted to the Australian Government to provide these services at no cost to the employer, the apprentice or the trainee.

Your local MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre Consultant will visit your workplace to provide the following services:

  • expert advice on apprenticeships and traineeships that best suit your needs
  • payment and assessment of staff eligibility for employer
  • assessment for eligibility of financial incentives plus additional special incentives where applicable
  • assessment of Australian Apprentice eligibility for personal benefits and Trade Support Loans
  • assistance with funding options for Australian Apprentices with a disability
  • information sessions for management and staff
  • registration of your apprentices and trainees with the State Training Authority
  • assistance in sourcing all appropriate training providers.

 

Financial incentives and benefits for Australian Apprenticeships

Australian Government financial incentives for employing trainees or apprentices

If you directly employ an Australian Apprentice (apprentice or trainee), your business may be eligible for Australian Government financial incentives; and current employees may be able to access training and financial incentives in certain circumstances. MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centres administer and facilitate those payments.

The Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program contains a range of incentives and personal benefits, including:

  • standard incentives
  • special and additional incentives and personal benefits where the Australian Apprentice is undertaking an Australian Apprenticeship leading to an occupation listed on the National Skills Needs List and
  • other special and additional incentives and personal benefits.

Please refer to the table below.

Payment of incentives and personal benefits is subject to employers and Australian Apprentices satisfying eligibility criteria as set out in the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program Guidelines.

These incentives can change from time to time and eligibility criteria applies in order to receive them. MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre staff are able to advise which incentives are relevant to your industry and business and for which you are eligible. There is no charge involved in gaining advice from MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre as it is a government funded service.

In addition to the Federal Government incentives and benefits, State Governments focussing on local skills shortages may also provide benefits as an encouragement to employ Australian Apprentices. These benefits vary depending on market needs to stimulate the economy. MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre staff will advise you of funding for which you may be eligible.

For more information and assistance regarding Australian Apprenticeships, including eligibility advice on payments available under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program, call MEGT on 13 MEGT (13 6348) or email AACinfo@megt.com.au
This information is current as at 22 October 2014.

*Conditions apply for all incentives listed below.

Your local MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre Consultant is happy to visit your workplace to discuss the full range of services with you. This is a free consultancy service.

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Financial incentives

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Trade Support Loans

Trade Support Loans are payable to the eligible Australian Apprentice.

Follow this link to the criteria. [PUT THE FULL INFO IN THE FOR APPRENTICES SECTION]

Queensland Apprentice Pledge

An additional $6,000 Employer Incentives on top of the Standard $4,000 Employer Incentives for Queensland businesses employing trainees or apprentices

The Queensland State Government has launched the Queensland Apprenticeship Pledge (QAP), an exciting new initiative that aims to drive the creation of additional apprenticeship opportunities.

Under the QAP, the Queensland Government has invited individual employers, including employers who do not currently have apprentices, to ‘make a pledge’ to employ additional apprentices.

Only employers that make a pledge are eligible to receive the incentive payments up to the number of additional apprentices pledged.

Eligible employers can receive an incentive of up to $6,000 from the Queensland Government for each additional apprentice they employ and retain as well as the Australian Government Standard $4,000 Employer Incentives*. This could mean a total of up to $10,000* for each additional apprentice for eligible Queensland businesses.

This initiative builds on the success of two other initiatives implemented under the Queensland Government’s Great skills Real opportunities training reform action plan – the School to Trade Pathway Incentive program and the Group Training Additional Apprentice Bonus.

[SUB SUB HEADING]Who is eligible?

The incentive will apply to eligible apprenticeships commenced from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015.

To attract the incentive payment, all of the program’s eligibility criteria must be met:

All employers of apprentices in Queensland workplaces who formally lodge a pledge may be eligible to receive incentives under the QAP for employing an additional apprentice. The program does not apply to group training organisations or Queensland and Australian Government departments. Government-owned corporations and Local Government Authorities are eligible for the QAP incentive.

An apprentice is engaged by an employer, through the signing of a Training Contract, in employment-based training that is declared by the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) to be a full-time or part-time apprenticeship, for the purpose of the QAP.

DETE will assess whether the employer is making a commitment to long-term ongoing employment. Employer benchmarks are based on additional apprentices employed and retained compared to a baseline as at 30 June 2014 (excluding school-based apprentices and apprentice re-commencements).

Employers must lodge a pledge during the ‘qualifying period’ in order to be eligible.

The qualifying period is from now until 30/6/2015 or until 6000 eligible apprentices have been signed up, whichever comes first.

There must be a Training Contract registered in order for the employer to be eligible for this additional incentive.

[SUB SUB HEADING]Who is eligible?

The incentive will apply to eligible apprenticeships commenced from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2015.

To attract the incentive payment, all of the program’s eligibility criteria must be met:

  • All employers of apprentices in Queensland workplaces who formally lodge a pledge may be eligible to receive incentives under the QAP for employing an additional apprentice. The program does not apply to group training organisations or Queensland and Australian Government departments. Government-owned corporations and Local Government Authorities are eligible for the QAP incentive.
  • An apprentice is engaged by an employer, through the signing of a Training Contract, in employment-based training that is declared by the Department of Education, Training and Employment (DETE) to be a full-time or part-time apprenticeship, for the purpose of the QAP.
  • DETE will assess whether the employer is making a commitment to long-term ongoing employment. Employer benchmarks are based on additional apprentices employed and retained compared to a baseline as at 30 June 2014 (excluding school-based apprentices and apprentice re-commencements).
  • Employers must lodge a pledge during the ‘qualifying period’ in order to be eligible.
  • The qualifying period is from now until 30/6/2015 or until 6000 eligible apprentices have been signed up, whichever comes first.
  • There must be a Training Contract registered in order for the employer to be eligible for this additional incentive.
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[SUB SUB HEADING]Payment information

DETE assesses and pays the Queensland Apprenticeship Pledge.

DETE will assess employer eligibility at the time the incentive becomes available for payment. When deemed eligible, the incentive payment will be paid to employers in two instalments

  • $4,000 paid in October 2015 and
  • $2,000 paid in October 2016.

[SUB SUB HEADING]How does an employer pledge?

Employers need to visit www.training.qld.gov.au/pledge and complete the short electronic form.

An employer may pledge or modify their pledge at any time during the ‘qualifying period’ by emailing pledge@dete.qld.gov.au or calling 1800 210 210.

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Online status and contracts

MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Centre provides an online service for its customers to track the progress of incentive payments, download forms and track the status of training for the apprentice or trainee. The MEGT Australian Apprenticeships Contracts Online service – MAACO – can be accessed via the home page link or by following this MAACO link.

National Skills Needs List

The National Skills Needs List identifies trades that are deemed to be in national skill shortage based on research conducted by the Australian government.

It is used to determine eligibility for incentives and personal benefits available under the Australian Apprenticeships Incentives Program.

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National Code of Good Practice

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Do your research on the company, the industry and the apprenticeship/traineeship you have applied for.

Learn as much as you can about what the company does as their core business.

  • What do they make or sell?
  • What industry do they operate within?
  • Where is the business located?
  • What kind of duties do you expect to be undertaking within the company?

Find out what to take to the interview and learn what the structure of the interview will be.

Take along your portfolio as evidence of your experience, skills and achievements which may be relevant to the apprenticeship/traineeship.

Your portfolio should include:

  • your resume and application for employment
  • your career history including any certificates or documents which you may have obtained in past jobs, school or in your private life (from weekend sports, hobbies or volunteer work) and
  • any paperwork or tests you have been asked to bring along.

Don't be late

Know how to get to the interview and how you will get there. Double check the address of where the interview will be held and make sure you know how to get there. Pre-plan your transport for the day. If catching public transport, make sure you arrive at your destination with at least 10 minutes to spare. If you’re still unsure, time how long it takes to get there with your selected mode of transport a few days before the interview.

Research the company

Find out as much as you can about the company through websites and news articles etc. Your effort will show in the job interview, and you’ll be seen as proactive, hardworking and astute.

Practice makes perfect

Practice the interview with family or friends. Consider some questions the interviewer may ask you and prepare a response for each. Get your family/friends to ask the questions and practice your answer until you feel confident.

Common questions include:

  • Why do you want to do this type of work? What sort of experience do you have?
  • Do you have a driver’s licence?
  • How will you get to work?
  • What are your plans after the apprenticeship/traineeship?
  • Do you have any questions?
  • Why did you leave your previous role? (always be positive abut previous employers and colleagues)

Looking good

Dress appropriately and ensure your personal presentation is business-like.

Start planning what you’re going to wear at least two days before your scheduled interview. This will give you enough time to get something appropriate in case your chosen outfit does not go to plan.

Have your final outfit ready and out the night before and take care of any last minute ironing of clothing or cleaning of shoes if required.

Make sure your outfit is suitable for the occasion – overdressed is always better than underdressed.

No scruffy jeans, no thongs, no dirty joggers, and no “out there” clothing or accessories which are inappropriate or may be distracting.

Keep it simple but presentable – something that will impress your interviewer/s.

Making an entrance

Make sure you arrive around 10-15 minutes before the interview to starts while taking care not to arrive too early as the interviewer will not be ready for you. This will give you time to gather your thoughts and double check your appearance.

Introduce yourself to the receptionist, tell them of your appointment time and that you’re attending an interview for an apprenticeship/traineeship with their company. If you know who to ask for, tell the receptionist at this time also. If you’re not sure who you will be meeting, ask the receptionist and try to remember their names for when you meet with them. Remember to speak clearly and politely and to listen to the receptionist’s instructions on where to wait for the interview.

Try to make a great impression to everyone you meet, they may be your future colleague. More often than not the interviewer will ask whoever greeted you, what they thought of you.

Mobile off

Turn your mobile phone off or put it on silent.
There is nothing more distracting for yourself or your interviewer than if your phone goes off midway through an interview.

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Know your key strengths

Be prepared to discuss in detail your strengths, your personal attributes and skills with examples. These should be the ultimate reason you get the job over someone else. Assuming you have researched the company, these strengths should also be closely aligned to what the employer is looking for. These could be attention to detail, problems solving skills, customer service, communication skills etc.

How to answer the questions

Listen carefully to the questions the interviewer is asking you. When answering questions, take a moment to think about the question and how best to respond. There’s no rush. If you’re unsure what the question means, ask the interviewer to clarify. The interviewer will be happy to help you out. Make sure your answers are straight to the point and address the question asked. Always include an example of how you have done something in the past and what the final result was.
Remain attentive

Stay alert during the interview, maintain eye contact with your interviewer as much as possible, sit up straight and present a positive, confident attitude when you answer questions. Remember your mannerisms can say more than your words do. Make sure you remain enthusiastic throughout the entire interview.

Evaluation for improvement

If you are unsuccessful with the position, seek feedback regarding areas for improvement.

Look at the interview experience in a positive light – take it as a learning experience and something to help you in the future.

Take a look at all the tips provided above and ensure you meet the requirements for each.

How to conclude

Listen carefully to the questions the interviewer is asking you. When answering questions, take a moment to think about the question and how best to respond. There’s no rush. If you’re unsure what the question means, ask the interviewer to clarify. The interviewer will be happy to help you out. Make sure your answers are straight to the point and address the question asked. Always include an example of how you have done something in the past and what the final result was.
Remain attentive

Stay alert during the interview, maintain eye contact with your interviewer as much as possible, sit up straight and present a positive, confident attitude when you answer questions. Remember your mannerisms can say more than your words do. Make sure you remain enthusiastic throughout the entire interview.

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If you believe in yourself and what you can achieve, you will feel naturally confident without appearing to be a smart aleck. With this in mind, think about each question you are asked and how you can answer in a way that builds their confidence in you.

Tell the interviewer of your skills, interests and past experiences as relevant to the position. Reinforce WHY you want the position.

Do NOT lie – the interviewer will find out one way or another if you do.

Everyone appreciates it when you are genuinely interested in them and their business achievements. By showing enthusiasm and interest – and letting them know you are willing to learn and progress your skills with their help, you will be building their confidence in you as a potential reliable employee.

At the end of the interview ask any questions you may have regarding the position or the company.

The interviewer will be more than happy to answer anything you ask them, it also shows that you have an interest in the role.

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