Ap­ply now for skills fund

The Tatura Guardian - - News -

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

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