Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton today announced that local business TEAM Irrigation has received an Industry Skills Fund (ISF) grant of over $11,000 to assist with the costs of training its staff to take advantage of new growth opportunities.
TEAM Irrigation designs, installs and manages agricultural irrigation projects to support water saving solutions for their clients.
Using the ISF grant, the business will develop an online service for its clients using diagnostic trouble shooting video clips, poly pipe welding tutorials and onsite repair and maintenance instructions to enable their customers to recognise the state of equipment and identify potential problems before they occur.
Mr Coulton said that this funding will help TEAM Irrigation to train their staff in relevant areas in order to embrace digital opportunities which will help to grow and diversify its markets.
“Training for the TEAM Irrigation staff will comprise leadership skills, digital literacy and web skills,” Mr Coulton said.
“All of these skills will go a long way to helping the business embrace new and innovative digital opportunities.”
Mr Coulton encourages 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 ISF.
“Under the ISF, 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 Coulton said.
“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.”
For more information about the ISF please visit www.business.gov.au/industryskillsfund or call 13 28 46.