Nine additional key engineering trades are now eligible for Kickstart payments, which triple the incentives made to employers in the first year of taking on an apprentice.


An extra $3,350 will be paid to employers who take on a new engineering apprentice between now and 28 February 2013. This is in addition to the $1,500 commencement payment for eligible employers.


Apprentice Kickstart is designed to bring an extra 21,000 apprentices into the workforce.


The new eligible trades for Kickstart payments are Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (both Avionics and Mechanical), Fitter, Fitter and Turner, Fitter-Welder, Metal Fabricator, Metal Machinist, Pressure Welder and Toolmaker.


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