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In the fi rst two rounds of skill shortage trades employer incentives, each incentive was valued at $7700. In the third and fourth rounds of the incentive, each incentive was valued at $7000. In total, 223 skill shortage trades employer incentives were allocated to Territory businesses between February 2004 and December 2005. Table 2 shows the number of incentives allocated to categories of small businesses over the four rounds: In the fi rst two rounds of small business employer incentives, each incentive was valued at $2200. In the third and fourth rounds of the incentive, each incentive was valued at $3000. In total, 362 small business employer incentives were allocated to Territory businesses between February 2004 and December 2005. A fi fth round of the Skill Shortage Trades employer incentives and the Small Business employer incentives will be released in the fi rst half of 2006. The Workwear / Workgear Bonus Scheme Through the Workwear/Workgear Bonus Scheme, the Northern Territory Government aims to help apprentices and trainees with the costs they incur buying workwear, safety gear and other work-related necessities during the fi rst year of their apprenticeship or traineeship. The Workwear/Workgear bonus is a one-off payment that apprentices or trainees are eligible for after three months of employment. Only apprentices or trainees who began their training contract on or after 4 April 2005 will be able to apply for the bonus. A grant of $300 is paid to registered apprentices and trainees who meet eligibility requirements, and a grant of $1000 is paid to apprentices undertaking training in an identifi ed Northern Territory skill shortage trade area. To be considered for the $300 bonus, apprentices and trainees must be enrolled in a Level II qualifi cation or above listed in the Northern Territory New Apprenticeships Database (www. apprenticeships.nt.gov.au). To be considered for the $1000 bonus an apprentice must be enrolled in a level III qualifi cation that is listed in the Northern Territory New Apprenticeship Database at www.apprenticeships.nt.gov.au and 7