Recent statements and policy updates from the new Queensland government show a commitment to boosting job growth in the state, including a focus on apprenticeships and traineeships.
A few weeks ago, the government announced that it was pledging $45 million in payroll tax rebates to encourage employers to take on apprentices and trainees. Under the policy, when a company hires an apprentice or trainee, the government will provide a 25% rebate on the payroll tax on the wages of another employee.
Another government initiative helping to support training and skill development is ensuring that 10% of workers on major projects are apprentices and trainees.
Other employment programs in the pipeline and aimed at boosting jobs include:
- the $40 million Business Development Fund to invest in joint ventures with start-up firms wanting to turn their bright ideas into new products and create jobs
- Jobs Queensland – a round-table authority to advise on current and future skills demand and long-term workforce planning $40 million over four years
- Skilling Queenslanders for Work employment programs to support 32,000 Queenslanders back into employment
- Ready for Work to get young people ready for entering the jobs market, funded under Skilling Queenslanders for Work
- $50 million over three years to implement the Advance Queensland program to develop the jobs of tomorrow
According to Queensland Treasurer Curtis Pitt, “We are serious about addressing the number of Queenslanders who are out of work, particularly our youth and those in regional areas.”
Skill360 welcomes these initiatives and is ready to help your business with your workforce needs.