SA Gov boosts funding for small businesses to continue skills training

South Australian small businesses will be given additional state government funding to hire new apprentices and trainees as part of a $12 million skills package to boost local jobs.

The ‘Skills For Business’ scheme offers small businesses up to $5000 for every new apprentice or trainee hired in SA on a paid training contract. The scheme also provides advice on how to address business skills and training needs and access subsidies.

The funding boost follows the announcement of an immediate $350 million economic stimulus package in the wake of the ongoing impact of bushfires and the coronavirus.

Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni said this additional funding will help support the work industry has already done under the $200 million Skilling South Australia program to deliver more and new skilled jobs for the transitioning economy.

“This new support package will work in tandem with other key Government initiatives – such as the abolition of payroll tax for all small businesses, to lower costs, secure jobs and help drive the economy,” Mr. Pisoni said.

“We know that many companies and sole traders benefit enormously from hiring an apprentice or a trainee to expand their business, bringing fresh ideas and energy into the workplace.”

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