Govt makes major apprentice investment

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Printers will be able to claim half their apprentices' wages until at least March under the latest $2.5bn Covid stimulus package from the federal government, with its new JobTrainer programme.

To help young people into meaningful careers: Scott Morrison

This time around the scheme is applicable to all companies with up to 200 staff; the previous iteration had a capped limit of businesses with 20 employees.

Andrew Macaulay, CEO of Print & Visual Communication Association said, “We are delighted with the outcome. Regardless of Covid the PVCA has had a long-term policy position that apprentices need to be focused and funded.”

PVCA president Walter Kuhn and the AMWU have together been in intense discussion with government over the past few weeks, along with other bodies outside print, over the new scheme.

The latest stimulus package is designed to help young people get into meaningful careers, as the youth demographic becomes hardest hit by the impact of the virus on employment.

The latest package is not across the board, but does include apprentices in manufacturing, which includes print. Prime minister Scott Morrison revealed that $1.5bn of investment is to subsidise the wages of apprentices in small and medium sized business – almost all printers.

The new deal is in addition to the first stimulus package, that has seen the government paying 50 per cent of apprentices wages up to $7000 a quarter. The new deal will see the government cover half the pay pf up to 180,000 apprentices, up to $530 a week, until next March.

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