NSW apprenticeship commencements for Sign & Graphics jumped by more than 48% over the past year, while the number of women entering the industry doubled.
“Positive numbers again for Signs & Graphics NSW apprenticeship commencements, with a 48.83% increase from 31st August 2020,” said ASGA GM Michael Punch.
A total of 64 new apprentices – ten of them women – joined the industry in the year to August 2021, compared to 43 (five women) in the previous year.
Punch reminded sign companies there’s still time to take advantage of the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencement wage subsidy that encourages employers to take on new apprentices and trainees.
“As part of the Government’s Economic Response to COVID-19 and commitment to a skilled economy, an additional $2.7 billion was invested in the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements wage subsidy in March 2021,” Punch said. “The initial $100,000 cap was removed, the subsidy period was extended to 12 months from the date of commencement and the commencement period extended from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.”
For further information on how to apply for the subsidy, including information on eligibility, contact an Australian Apprenticeship Support Network provider.
You can also register to find an apprentice on ASGA’s Sign Careers Apprenticeships website page.