Subsidised workers to bolster business
LOOKING to supplement your existing workforce at low cost? The National Work Experience Program may be for you.
The NWEP is part of jobactive, and is designed to help job seekers gain experience and confidence, while demonstrating skills to potential employers.
The NWEP will offer work experience and employment opportunities for job seekers by providing unpaid placements with employers for up to four weeks, to a maximum of 25 hours per week.
Employers who offer participants ongoing employment after the placement may be eligible for a wage subsidy, amounting to $10,000 over 12 months.
Duncan McKenzie from BEST Employment, the local contact for the NWEP, said there were particular incentives for hiring people over the age of 55, like the Restart wage subsidy.
Dalby Chamber of Commerce president Rohan May said grants like this were a boon to the community, having seen five people employed this year after gaining experience in Work for the Dole and Skilling Queensland Programs.
"It's an absolute win-win,” he said.
There are a few catches, however.
Businesses that have downsized in the previous 12 months, plan to downsize, or would replace an existing paid workers' hours with an NWEP participant are not eligible.
Businesses must provide supervision, training and monitor the participant's attendance and compliance.
For more information call BEST on 4672 3300, or visit the website at www.employment.gov.au.