31 October 2018

VERTO, an award-winning, not-for-profit organisation assisting businesses and individuals with their apprenticeship, employment and training needs, today welcomed the new Federal Government trial program for wage subsidies support for regionally based apprentices, called the Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy.

Having been headquartered in the Central West NSW for more than 35 years, VERTO has a strong focus on regional Australia, with the vast majority of our 40+ offices located in regional areas. As more and more employment opportunities become concentrated in major capital cities, this announcement is a welcome boost to regional employers and apprentices.

Commenting on the announcement, VERTO Chief Executive Officer, Ron Maxwell, said, “We support wholeheartedly the Hon Senator Michaelia Cash’s announcement to further support our regionally based apprentices. Supporting apprenticeships is core to our organisation, and an incentive for employers to take on apprentices in regional areas is exactly the type of program that will boost employment” Maxwell said.

“As a Bathurst local myself and an active member of the Central West community, I know how important employment is to our region. As we operate across NSW, this trial program gives all regions the chance to improve the opportunities available for apprentices in their chosen field” continued Maxwell.

The Australian Apprentice Wage Subsidy trial is available to employers who sign-up and commence a new worker (Australian Apprentice) from 1 January 2019 and until 1630 sign-ups have occurred (based on rural and regional population distribution per State/Territory).