$1000 tool boost for first-year apprentices

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First-year apprentices in trades, such as electrical, can access a $1000 tool rebate. | Photo: Supplied by Queensland Government.

First-year apprentices can access $1000 to tool up for their careers.

A Queensland Government “Free Tools for First Years” program will provide $1000 cashback for the purchase of industry-relevant tools.

Public Works Minister Meaghan Scanlon said the program would support up to 4000 new apprentices in construction trades.

“By giving cash back of up to $1000 for industry-relevant tools, the program helps reduce the financial burden on those starting their careers in these essential fields,” Minister Scanlon said.

“The price tag on tools can be a barrier for many Queenslanders wanting to take up a trade, and the businesses who want to hire them.”

Minister Scanlon said up to $4 million had been allocated to the rebate program, to assist first year Queensland apprentices in the housing industry which includes construction, plumbing, bricklaying, tiling, plastering, painting, cabinet making, stonemasonry, joinery, and electrical trades.

She said apprentices would only be eligible once they have completed their mandatory three-month probational period.

The rebate will be backdated for eligible apprentices to January 1, 2024 and applications may be made until the fund is exhausted.

More information on the Apprentice Tools Rebate is on the Queensland Government website.