Industry skills fund to support locals
GIN Gin business Abbotsleigh Citrus has received an Industry Skills Fund grant of $15,140 to help with the costs of training staff to take advantage of new growth opportunities.
Abbotsleigh Citrus, owned by the McMahon and Campbell families, operates some 60,000 citrus trees, over 170ha. Since 2011, the business has diversified, introducing blueberry production.
This part of the business has continued to grow, despite setbacks like the 2013 flood, to the point where 20ha of blueberries are now tended.
Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd said he was always pleased to see such good businesses in his electorate and was proud of the Federal Government’s commitment to helping.
“The Coalition Government is committed to helping business, especially small and medium enterprises, to grow and diversify their markets and create more local jobs.
“Under the Industry Skills Fund, eligible businesses can receive support to identify growth opportunities and advice on the skills and training their workforce may need to take advantage of those opportunities.
“The government also provides funding to businesses to help with the costs of any associated training.
“The sorts of training projects that have been funded to date include helping employees to acquire new skills, or upgrade their existing qualifications, in areas as diverse as product design, inventory control, manufacturing techniques, management and marketing.”
Mr O’Dowd encouraged any local business looking to grow, invest in training, or help a young person into a job to consider applying for funding under the Industry Skills Fund.
Operations manager for Abbotsleigh Citrus Dan De Luca said the business produced citrus berries for domestic and export markets.
“This has its challenges and the training made possible by this funding will help us take advantage of emerging Asian markets.
“This funding is a fantastic opportunity to improve the business and up-skill our staff.”
To apply for the Industry Skills Fund visit: www.business.gov.au/ industry skills fund or call 13 28 46.
To apply for the Industry Skills Fund – Youth Stream
Visit: www.business.gov.au/ youth or phone 132 846.