Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has announced that Alice Springs business Stephens Livestock Pty. Ltd. has received an Industry Skills Fund grant of $7,500 to assist with the costs of training its staff to take advantage of new growth opportunities.
Senator Scullion said Stephens Livestock Pty. Ltd, in partnership with Landmark, will use the funding to expand into horticulture in response to Northern Territory government’s plans to expand the horticulture industry in and around Alice Springs.
“It is important to develop the horticulture industry in Central Australia to have local expertise in horticulture and this funding will help Landmark/ Stephens Livestock Pty. Ltd train up and provide a local agronomist in the Alice Springs area,” Senator Scullion said.
Owner of Stephens Livestock Pty. Ltd, Andrew Stephens, said the Industry Skills Fund was a great incentive for local business to apply and upgrade their staff with training to enable their business to be on top of an ever changing market place.
“It has enabled staff employed by Stephens Livestock Pty Ltd to study whilst still in the work place day to day and provide a local perspective in the Horticulture industry,” Mr Stephens said.
Senator Scullion said the Coalition Government was 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,” Senator Scullion said.
‘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.
‘In addition, the Government recognises the higher costs associated with training younger staff who may be new to the workforce.
‘Businesses that have recently hired a young person aged 18-24 years may receive up to $7,500 to help with the specific costs of training that young person’.
Senator Scullion encouraged any local business looking to grow their business, invest in training or help a young person into a job to consider applying for funding under the Industry Skills Fund.
Apply for the Industry Skills Fund
Visit: www.business.gov.au/industryskillsfund or call 13 28 46.
Apply for the Industry Skills Fund – Youth Stream
Visit: www.business.gov.au/youth or call 13 28 46.
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2015-11-10 Alice Springs Industry Skills Fund grant release .pdf