Queensland Apprentice Pledge

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NOTE: NO AAC GOVT LOGO ON THIS AS IT IS QLD STATE GOVT

An additional $6,000 Employer Incentives on top of the Standard $4,000 Employer Incentive for Queensland businesses

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.

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.
Australian Apprenticeship Support Network

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.

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.

Download the fact sheet [link here]
Go to the online Pledge form

*eligibility criteria apply

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