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Along with their boundless enthusiasm and the opportunity to create an employee who knows your business inside out, hiring a new apprentice or trainee could now make you eligible for up to $8,500 from the Western Australian Government, on top of any Commonwealth funding.

The Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive is about future-proofing small to medium businesses, while building the next generation of skilled workers.

And depending on a few different factors, you could be entitled to even more.

For example, you’ll get an extra 20 per cent if your new apprentice or trainee lives and works in the top end of Western Australia. You’ll also get additional funding for recruits who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander, have a disability or are aged between 21 and 30.

The incentive is helping Western Australian businesses to create 150,000 extra jobs by 2023-24. To find out more, visit jobsandskills.wa.gov.au/employerincentive.

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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