Avon Valley businesses set to benefit from new incentive

Thousands of rural Western Australian businesses could benefit from a new incentive aimed at employing more trainees and apprentices.

The new Jobs and Skills WA Employer Incentive, introduced by the state government, will support an estimated 6000 businesses with the costs of employing an apprentice or new entrant trainee.

The incentive aims to increase apprenticeship and traineeship commencements, contributing to the state government's target of 30,000 additional jobs in regional WA by 2023-24.

Agricultural region MP Darren West said he encouraged local businesses to take advantage of the incentive.

"Jobs for Western Australians continues to the be the McGowan government's number one priority, and I'm proud that we've introduced this great incentive to support real training for real jobs here in the agricultural region and around WA," he said.

Employers that have lodged a training contract for registration on or after July 1 will receive a base payment of up to $8500.