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    Default The financial difference in hiring a mature aged apprentice and a young apprentice...

    ...from a wages point of view. DH has found an employer who would really like to hire him as he wants an apprentice however he is not sure he can afford a mature aged apprentice but is looking into his options to see if he can make it happen. So what is the difference in wages and I have heard there are alot of incentives from the government to take on an older apprentice. After all this taken into consideration how much extra would DH cost him to employ? This would be in NSW. Thanks

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    My DH has gone back to school to
    do a pre app, he finishes in a month. From what we can gather the government puts in an extra 150 a week along with other grants for tools etc.. We think it will end up being around 450 in total so the employer puts in about 300. But I'd love more information on this also...

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    What trade is your DH doing? Mine is "hopefully" doing plumbing - he has wanted to do this for so many years and now the kids are finally old enough that I am happy to go back to work and even though it will be a struggle for the 4 years financially once he is finished things will be a whole lot better.

    I did read that mature age apprentices (over 25) are on 3rd year apprentices wages through the whole appprenticeship is that right?

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    He's doing carpentry. 3rd year wages I'm not sure about. We also waited until we could cover things financially before he started. It's a big sacrifice after going from 2 wages to 1 apprenticeship wage, but we figure short term pain for long term gain and you have to do what makes you happy and this definitely makes him happy.

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    I thought that 3rd wages thing was strange? I haven't seen DH so happy about something in such a long time. He has always put what he wanted last because he wanted to do what is right for us but now he has the opportunity to do this, he has never been happier either. We will be going from 1 wage to 2 wages though so I think we will only be about $150.00 or so a week worse off. We also have put away savings - was originally a house deposit but we are going to wait until DH is finished before we buy a house now. It will be there just as a back up.

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    I'm not 100% sure, my df finished his apprenticeship at 22 but my brother has just started a plumbin one at 25. He is in Melbourne. But I'm pretty sure he get's a 3rd years wage until he is in his last year. His employer also gets a grant from the government, I think it's $10,000 for an adult apprentice. He will also get tools for the trade which is about $800ish each year. Which you dont have to spend on tools if you dont need any at that time. They used to do wage top up's but think that cancelled out last year. Have a look on the apprenticeship government site in nsw, there'll be heaps of info on there about adult apprentices

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    Hello girls, I am helping my hubby (35) do some research on mature age apprenticeships and as far as i can tell, if you are OVER 25 years old you get a lot of financial help. You can get money for tools, extra weekly cash and help if the travelling is too far. It's been difficult to calculate EXACTLY how much we would have every month though, my hubby is interested in plumbing also as its something he enjoys and is one of the better paid apprenticeships.

    One thing i do know though is that the employer definitely DOES get cash back for hiring a mature aged apprentice, and they end up paying more or less the same as they would if they hired a young apprentice, except that the mature aged apprentice is more reliable, less likely to drop and more experienced, these are really helpful points you should share with your husbands so that they can say them in an interview or meeting?

    has anyone got any new information they could share?

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    hm, since no one else seems to be sharing any more info, i'd like to share some good resources i have discovered for anyone trying to read up on mature age apprenticeships:

    - www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/
    - http://www.industrialrelations.nsw.gov.au/
    - www.matureageapprenticeships.org
    - www.fairwork.gov.au

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    Hi Katy,

    Thankyou so much for the information, DH is still looking as the plumber he thought was going to take him on ended up not being able to afford a mature aged apprentice turns out that DH was going to cost him $1000.00 a week (inc. super etc...). So DH just keeps getting knocked back because of his age. Goodluck to you and your DH

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    Is there a training centre he can go through? In adelaide we have PEER for plumbers and electricians
    As an adult apprentice my wage went $12,$14,$15, $19 per hour compared to $8,$10,$12,$15 (roughly)
    There are alot of incentives for employers at the moment, especially for trades like plumbing and auto elec


 

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