Country Liberals Senator for the Northern Territory, Nigel Scullion, has announced that local business Howard Springs Veterinary Clinic will receive an Industry Skills Fund grant of $27,603 to assist with the costs of training its staff to take advantage of new growth opportunities.
Senator Scullion said the Howard Springs Vet clinic would use the funding to diversify services to include artificial insemination and dentistry services.
“The training will upskill staff in equine veterinary services and internal medicine and improved operational management of the practice as a whole,” Senator Scullion said.
Howard Springs Veterinary Clinic owner Jamin Farebrother said due to the isolation and distances to travel, the grant will make it easier to provide services to the north that people in the southern states take for granted.
“This grant makes it possible to send staff down south to learn new procedures and techniques making us a more efficient and a technically advanced practice, our part in developing the north,” Mr Fareborther 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 aquire 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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2015-11-03 Howard Springs vet Industry Skills Fund grant release.pdf