$2 billion Skills Package announced

The Morrison Government today announced a $2 billion Skills Package for Economic Recovery and Growth.

The Government’s new Skills Package is part of our economic response to COVID-19 and includes new initiatives to keep apprentices in jobs and support more Australians to undertake training in areas of demand.

The $1 billion JobTrainer fund will provide access to free or low cost training places in areas our economy needs.

JobTrainer will deliver more than 108,000 of places in NSW (88,000 in Victoria & 340,000 across Australia) which will boost training and jobs in our community.

Supporting Australians to upskill and reskill will give them the best chance of getting a job in the future as we emerge from COVID-19 and will help Australian businesses get the skilled workers they need to drive Australia’s economic recovery and growth. 

The Morrison Government is also expanding and extending the Supporting Apprentices and Trainees wage subsidy with an additional $1.5 billion in funding. Eligibility for the subsidy will be increased to include medium-sized businesses with 199 employees or fewer who had an apprentice in place on 1 July 2020.

This expanded wage subsidy will support almost 90,000 businesses which employ around 180,000 apprentices throughout Australia.

Backing training, apprentices, and jobs is all part of the Morrison Government’s plan to restore our economy after the coronavirus pandemic and keep Australians in work.

For more information, check out the online Q&A document here.