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Mentoring for Success

The Mentoring for Success Program, a Department of State Growth (the Department) program to support an increase in apprenticeship and traineeship commencements and completions in Tasmania, opens on Monday 1 March 2021. The Program will close 26 February 2022 at 4 pm (or sooner if funds are fully allocated).

The program will support an escalation in the use of Group Training Organisations by small to medium enterprises in all industries across the state.

Grants will be offered to GTOs who place an apprentice or trainee with an eligible host employer.

Funding allocated will be $6,000 per successful applicant for full-time apprentices or trainees. Funding payable for full-time apprentices or trainees will be $4,000 as the first instalment on completion of probation of the apprentice or trainee then $2,000 as the second instalment on successful completion of the first 12 months of the training contract. GTOs applying for part-time apprentices or trainees will be eligible for $2,000 as the first instalment and $1,000 as the second instalment.

Up to 200 places (or full-time equivalent) will be supported by the grants.

Further information about the Program can be found in the Mentoring for Success - Grant Program Guidelines (PDF 548KB) (Word 968KB) or in the Mentoring for Success FAQs (PDF 60KB).

1Who is eligible to apply?

1. GTO eligibility criteria

To be considered eligible for the Program, the GTO who employs the apprentice or trainee must:

1.1      Be registered on the Australian Business Register (ABR);

1.2      Host the apprentice or trainee in a workplace physically located in Tasmania; and

1.3      Be a listed GTO as noted in section 14 of the Tasmanian Training and Workforce Development Act 2013 and must comply with the National Standards and the Tasmanian Operational Requirements.

2. Host employer eligibility criteria

To be considered eligible for the Program, the host employer named by the GTO in the training contract for that apprentice or trainee must:

2.1      Be registered on the Australian Business Register (ABR);

2.2      Be a Small to Medium Enterprise (SME). An SME is defined as an Australian and New Zealand business employing less than 200 people, consistent with the obligations under various free trade agreements and procurement arrangements by which the Tasmanian Government is bound; and

2.3      Have not used the services of a listed GTO in Tasmania in the previous 5 years from the commencement date of the training contract. The intention of this program is to promote GTOs to SMEs who have not recently engaged the services a GTO offers.

3. Apprentice or trainee eligibility criteria

For a GTO to be eligible to claim the grant for an apprentice or trainee, the apprentice or trainee must:

3.1      Have an active and registered training contract in Tasmania and have a commencement date on or after 1 March 2021, with a GTO and host who meet the eligibility criteria in sections 1 and 2 above;

3.2      Be 18 years of age (or have otherwise completed their compulsory education obligations under the Education Act 1994);

3.3      Be classified as a new worker on that training contract; and

3.4      Continue to be in employment with the GTO at the time of claim of the first and second instalment of the grant. The apprentice or Trainee must be employed by the original host employer at the time of the first instalment. They do not need to be hosted by the original host employer at the time of the second instalment.

2How do I apply?

The Notification of Recruitment form for this Program is available here.

For an application to be considered, it must be lodged with Skills Tasmania whilst the Program is active, and meet the following requirements:

3What is the Fund objective?

The objective of the Mentoring for Success program is to increase apprenticeship and traineeship commencements and completions in Tasmania by supporting an escalation in the use of Group Training Organisations by Small to Medium Enterprises in all industries across the state.

4Who can answer questions about the Fund?

Contact Al Noble, Grant Administration Officer on (03) 6165 6048 or by email at grantsadmin@skills.tas.gov.au