The Federal Government will extend its wage subsidy scheme for apprentices and trainees until September. It was designed to boost employment during the pandemic. Industry groups say the scheme has succeeded in creating more apprenticeships, but the one glaring problem is that those jobs are overwhelmingly going to men, rather than women.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has announced an extension of the government’s apprenticeship wage subsidy program for another 12 months and has added an extra $1.2 billion investment towards the scheme.
In responding to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Australian economy, a diverserange of voices have called on state governments to fund social housing projects. But what is social housing, how can it help drive post-COVID-19 economic recovery and how does this relate to apprenticeships?
There is a fundamental paradox, if not a contradiction, at the heart of apprenticeships. Apprentices sign on to be introduced to work and the skills they need for the future by those who may be steeped in the skills and practices of the past.