In­dus­try skills fund to sup­port lo­cals

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

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.busi­ in­dus­try skills fund or call 13 28 46.

To ap­ply for the In­dus­try Skills Fund – Youth Stream

Visit: www.busi­ youth or phone 132 846.

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