Apply now for skills fund
Businesses across Murray Electorate can now apply for a grant from the new Federal Government $476 million skills fund.
The fund aims to help small and medium sized enterprises train staff and new skilled workers.
‘‘In Murray we have a wide range of small and medium-sized business that could benefit with this type of support.’’ Federal Member for Murray Sharman Stone said.
‘‘The aim of the fund is to help create 200 000 training places and provide important skills advice for business.’’
Dr Stone said there were two types of assistance an employee could access through the fund; these are training grants and skill advice.
‘‘A training grant helps employers with the cost of training employees including nationally recognised training, full qualifications and skill sets or training required to navigate export barriers or to access export markets,’’ she said.
‘‘Skill advice involves a skills adviser assisting a business to identify your business needs and workforce requirements.
‘‘The fund is aimed at small to medium enterprises that want to grow. Some large enterprises still may be eligible for funding. I encourage all businesses to consider how this fund could potentially further their business.’’
Dr Stone said a business would be considered as positioning for growth if the business falls into one or more of these categories — diversifying into new or emerging markets, adopting new or emerging technologies, entering export markets for the first time, responding to new domestic market opportunities or re-positioning.
‘‘Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout the year,’’ she said.
For more information on the Industry Skills Fund and for the eligibility criteria visit the Federal Government business website www.business.gov.au