Himac Group and The Trustee for Hiltunen Trust in Albany have received Industry Skills Fund grants to take advantage of new growth opportunities.
The Trustee for the Hiltunen Trust, will use the funding ($15,750) for the Advanced Diploma of Dental Prosthetics Project.
“The Hiltunen Trust has identified an opportunity to offer dental prosthesis services, including construction of metal framed prostheses and service calls to nursing homes and hospitals to service customers who are unable to travel,” Mr Wilson said.
Mr Wilson said the Himac Group would use the funding ($29,766) for the Lean manufacturing project, providing training to support cultural change and encourage continuous improvement.
The company is planning to replace some of their imported products for their own manufacturing, 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 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.