21 June 2017




The Motor Trade Association of South Australia today welcomed the State Government’s $5,000 boost for employers who employ more apprentices.
MTA CEO Paul Unerkov said fixing the current automotive skills shortage was the biggest challenge the industry faced over the next five years and this boost was a win for all South Australians.

“The automotive retail, service and repair sector is facing a current skills shortage of over 1,650 positions,” Mr Unerkov said.

“Making it easier for small businesses to employ and train the next generation of automotive workers and business owners is a top priority for our State.”

“This boost will give hope to young South Australians that they have a future.”

“It will give over 1,020 MTA employers, or 85% of our members, the confidence to invest in our young people and to provide them with the skills they need, which will benefit the whole community."

“It will also provide a pathway for potential mature age apprentices to re-skill and re-enter the workforce by easing the pressure on businesses who want to employ but can’t currently afford to.”

“Despite the closure of vehicle manufacturing, the automotive retail, service and repair sector has a bright and exciting future, with the introduction of new technologies, strong vehicle sales and the need to maintain the South Australian vehicle fleet.”

“Ensuring South Australia has the workforce to meet this challenge is critical to our State’s future success.”

Employers who have employed additional apprentices since July 2016 will now be eligible for a total grant of up to $15,000 for payrolls between $600,000 and $5 million or $9,000 for payrolls up to $600,000 under the improved Job Accelerator Scheme.

The package also helps small businesses with payrolls less than $600,000 by providing a grant of up to $4000 over two years for each new job of 22 hours or more per week.

“It is pleasing that the State Government has recognised those small businesses that have already employed additional young people - estimated to be 2000 -  by backdating this initiative to July last year,” Mr Unerkov said.

“Importantly, with no limit to how many apprentices are eligible for this grant, there is more incentive than ever to employ our talented young people in the automotive trades.”

Businesses can register at www.revenuesa.sa.gov.au/jobs