Soon mature age workers and employers will stand to benefit from a Government investment of $7.68 million over four years into 'Experience+ Training.' Find out more.
As of 1 July onwards, Experience+ Training will help employers provide quality training for their mature age workers, increasing their capacity to provide effective mentoring, supervision and other practical support to apprentices and trainees in the workplace.
Experience+ Training allows eligible employers to apply for $4,950 (including GST) to pay for, or contribute to, the cost of approved training for a mature age worker. Funding for Experience+ Training will be provided to the employer in two instalments:
- a ‘start up’ payment of $3,500 (including GST)
- a ‘completion’ payment of $1,450 (including GST).
Funding must be used to pay for, or contribute to, the cost of a Certificate III (or above) level course for a mature age worker. The course must also be delivered in Australia by a Registered Training Organisation.
Any remaining funds can be used to pay for, or contribute to, the cost of:
- administrative expenses involved in identifying and enrolling the worker in a suitable training course
- supporting the business to allow the worker to complete the course while still in employment
- evidence gathering/skills assessments to allow the worker to gain 'Recognition of Prior Learning'
- applying for relevant tickets (such as forklift tickets) or licences
- additional training activity that is not at the Certificate III level or above, but would be of benefit to the worker (e.g. literacy or numeracy training, Certificate I or II level training, statements of attainment etc).
Employers are encouraged to work with their employees to seek 'Recognition of Prior Learning' which could significantly reduce the amount of time required to achieve a qualification. More details can be viewed on the Experience+ Training website