General News
23 Feb 2022

PowerUp your team with new learning opportunities

Reece is encouraging trade customers to make the most of the Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements (BAC) wage subsidy before it expires on the 31st of March. 

To encourage more Aussies into trades and improve retention, the Australian Government introduced the BAC wage subsidy to support businesses to take on new trainees and build a pipeline of skilled workers to support Australia’s economic recovery. The subsidy is available to Australian Reece customers who have recently hired new employees and want to provide them with training, including PowerUp courses. 

A Reece Group initiative, PowerUp (RTO 45584) is an award-winning, certified training program for tradies. PowerUp courses empower tradies with the skills they need, on and off the tools, to run a successful business and contribute to a high performing team. 

The BAC wage subsidy is eligible for learners undertaking PowerUp’s full qualifications in either BSB30120 Certificate III in Business (Customer Engagement) or BSB40520 Certificate IV in Leadership and Management.

Gareth Killeen, PowerUp Lead said, “The BAC wage subsidy is a wonderful opportunity for business owners to take advantage of learning with PowerUp, helping them to build a team of lifelong learners and gain the competitive advantage to adapt and thrive in an ever-changing world.”

Through the initiative, the Government will subsidise 50% of the eligible employee wages - up to $28,000 per eligible trainee and paid quarterly. To be eligible your apprentice or trainee needs to also undertake a Certificate II or higher qualification and have a training contract approved by the state training authority.  

Andrew Twyford, Henden Technical Product Specialist and first PowerUp learner to graduate with a Certificate III, said, “The PowerUp course had a mix of self-learning and interactive training allowing flexibility to suit busy schedules. PowerUp courses are valuable to trade, by building their business skills and professionalism, which will complement their industry knowledge and practical skills.” 

With infrastructure and building projects on the rise, tradies and their skills have never been in more in demand. By 2023, demand for labour and skills will be 48% higher than supply, and with a record number of new apprentices, there has never been a more important time to keep them in the job. 

If you’re interested in benefitting from the BAC wage subsidy and empowering your team with new learning opportunities, get in touch with our PowerUp team today.  

BAC wage subsidy eligibility requirements:

  • New employees only (0-3 months full time or 0-12 part time). 
  • Existing workers are eligible if they commence trade-based training and they have transferred from casual to part/full time or part-time to full time. 
  • Undertake a PowerUp accredited qualification. 
  • No cap on the number of employees per business.
  • Workers receiving other wage subsidies (such as JobKeeper) are not eligible.
  • Available for Australian new starters commencing or recommencing between 5 October 2020 and 31 March 2022.

For more information and full eligibility criteria for the BAC wage subsidy, visit: https://www.dese.gov.au/boosting-apprenticeship-commencements 

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Chloe Dougherty

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