More support for small business to take on apprentices and trainees

jaenschEmploying an apprentice or trainee, particularly the first, is a huge step for any small business.

The Hodgman Government realises that taking on a trainee is an enormous commitment, which is why we have released a program to guide small businesses through the process of taking on an apprentice.

We want to help more small businesses take on a trainee or apprentice, which will give more Tasmanians a start in their first job, and help them build a future career.

The Supporting Small Business with Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program is our latest initiative to support Tasmania’s small business community.

Through this initiative, five new business support providers will be available across the State to help small business owners navigate the process of taking on a new apprentice or trainee.

Small businesses are the engine room of Tasmania’s economy, comprising 96 per cent of business in Tasmania.

The Supporting Small Business with Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program is just one way we are ensuring businesses have the people they need to grow, while opening new career paths to young Tasmanians.

The new support services will provide tailored assistance to small businesses with less than 20 employees to make it easier to employ an apprentice or trainee.

Services are free to eligible businesses and include:

  • assistance to obtain business advice on the feasibility of employing an apprentice or trainee;
  • support to recruit the right person for the business;
  • planning the apprentice or trainee job role and workplace training requirements, and
  • ongoing mentoring and advice for the business and apprentice or trainee.

Any business considering taking on an apprentice or trainee is encouraged to take advantage of this service by contacting a provider directly.

Further information on the Supporting Small Business with Apprenticeships and Traineeships Program is available at www.skills.tas.gov.au.

By Roger Jaensch, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business, Trade and Red Tape Reduction.

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