A 50% wage subsidy, for new and recently appointed permanent employees who enrol to train with a registered training organisation, is now available under the Boosting Apprenticeship/Traineeship program.
Announced on 6 October, the subsidy is part of the Government’s economic response to COVID-19.
The rules governing the eligibility for program have been changed there times, however the program is now available to all permanent employees as well as casual employees who are switched into permanent positions. There is no age limit or prior length of employment required.
The Boosting Apprenticeship wage subsidy will be paid to employers quarterly, in arrears, to a maximum of AU$7,000 per quarter ($28,000 pa) per employee taken on under the program
The subsidy will be paid to employers quarterly, in arrears, to a maximum of $7,000 per quarter ($28,000 pa) per employee taken on under the program. There is no maximum number of employees that you can have participating in the course at one time.
James Gibbins, co-founder and director of ACOD, said the traineeship program is enormously valuable for optometry practices and staff members alike.
“The subsidy is making it viable for hundreds of optical assistants throughout Australia to enrol into, and complete the Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing HLT47815. This 50% wages subsidy, paid directly to employers, will cover all course expenses and workshop expenses, and ensure the staff member is employed for at least the next 12 months through these challenging times and potential recession.”
Mr Gibbins pointed out that by training staff in optical dispensing, practices will increase productivity and improve dispensing accuracy, in doing so reducing warranty remakes and non-adapt experiences.
“It will train your staff in lens and frame designs, and enable them to match the most ideal lens and frame combinations for your customers, according to their prescription, their physiology, their visual needs and their lifestyle… it will also provide participants with practical skills for frame manipulation and facial measurements according to industry best standards.”
Available for One Year Only
The Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing Course No: HLT47815 is a respected, accredited, internationally recognised qualification that provides the understanding, practical skills and capability required.
Mr Gibbins encouraged employers to take advantage of the subsidy by encouraging employees to register for the Certificate IV in Optical Dispensing HLT47815 as quickly as possible.
“The subsidy provides an outstanding opportunity to upskill your staff and provide your patients with a much higher level of service. However, it is only available until 30 September 2021.
“If staff feel they don’t have the experience to commence the course, they can acquire basic knowledge through www.OpticalAssitantEssentials.com – a free online site developed by ACOD in conjunction with mivision.”
“As an employer, you need to be proactive. Employees who decline this opportunity to enrol are preventing you from accessing this wages subsidy, from offering your patients a higher standard of eye care, and potentially costing you more in remakes.”
The Boosting Apprenticeship wage subsidy will be paid to employers quarterly, in arrears, to a maximum of AU$7,000 per quarter ($28,000 pa) per employee taken on under the program. Employers can enrol multiple staff at once, and attract the wages subsidy for each enrolled staff member. Payments will be backdated to the date when the employee registered to enrol with the registered training organisation.
Find out more about the Boosting Apprenticeship initiative here.