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Training the Territory


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Vocational education -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals; Occupational training -- Northern Territory -- Periodicals

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Dept. of Employment, Education and Training

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Employer Incentives and Assistance In November 2003 the Northern Territory Government released Jobs Plan Building the Northern Territory Workforce. Jobs Plan is a government initiative aimed at growing jobs and developing the Territorys skills base. The aim of the Jobs Plan is to maximise employment opportunities for Territorians and create a highly skilled and fl exible workforce. Jobs Plan was revise in 2004 and reintroduced as Jobs Plan 2 in the 2005-06 Budget. One of the initiatives under Jobs Plan, and subsequently Jobs Plan 2, is to encourage the employment of additional apprentices and trainees, and counter the affects of skill shortages on the Territorys economy. Through Jobs Plan, fi nancial incentives have been made available to encourage and assist eligible employers to take up additional apprentices and trainees. Between February 2004 and December 2005, four rounds of employer incentives were released, targeting small businesses (10 or less full time employees) and skill shortage trades. Skill shortage trades incentives are only available to eligible employers of apprentices who are enrolled in a level III qualifi cation that is listed in the Northern Territory New Apprenticeship Database at www. apprenticeships.nt.gov.au and identifi ed in the Eligible Skill Shortage Trades List (available on the DEET Website, www.deet.nt.gov.au). The fi rst two rounds also included incentives for local / community councils, however, this category was discontinued due to a very small take up by the target group. Employer incentive funding has assisted Northern Territory industries to employ apprentices and trainees in a range of occupations including chefs, plumbers, mechanics, glaziers, cabinetmakers, bakers, electricians, welders and carpenters. Table 1 shows the number of incentives allocated in skill shortage trades categories over the four rounds: Table 1 * All or part of these categories may not have been available from the fi rst round. 6

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