Grants will help small businesses grow


The Trustee for the Telfer Trust in Darkan has received an Industry Skills Fund grant to assist with the costs of training its staff to take advantage of new growth opportunities.

Mr Wilson said the business would use the funding ($4,125) for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Accreditation.  The total project cost is $5,500.  

“The company has identified the opportunity to expand services to offer aerial photography,” Mr Wilson said.  

Mr Wilson said the Federal 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,” Mr Wilson 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.

Mr Wilson 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: or call 13 28 46.
Apply for the Industry Skills Fund - Youth Stream
Visit: or call 13 28 46.

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