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06 Mar 2012 - Workforce Hub for North West Adelaide



THE HON KATE ELLIS MP
Minister for Employment Participation
Minister for Early Childhood and Child Care
Federal Member for Adelaide

MEDIA RELEASE

6 March 2012

Workforce Hub for North West Adelaide

Eighty small businesses will have access to a whole host of new physical and online support through the new North West Adelaide Workforce Hub pilot project.

Minister for Employment Participation, Kate Ellis will launch the Workforce Hub this evening, which will expand the North West Business Development Centre's proven track record in delivering innovative services to small business.

The Workforce Hub is a one-stop shop for local businesses to receive advice and training in areas of leadership, people management, productivity, sales and service.

"North West Business Development Centre has more than a decade's experience in delivering innovative services to help small business in our community," Minister Ellis said.

"Our Government knows that if we are going to meet the ever changing skills needs of our economy, then we have to work in partnership with employers."

"Giving small businesses here in Adelaide the support they need to improve their profitability means that they can expand and grow- which means more jobs for local people into the future."

The pilot project will support businesses to define their strengths and weaknesses and identify areas of future opportunity.

Businesses will have immediate and low cost access to business improvement specialists and ongoing contact with a North West Business Development Centre agent to assist with training and recruitment.

The North West Business Development Centre already supports over 3000 small business leaders and managers

Minister Ellis said she was proud that the Australian Government had made a commitment of more than $260 000 to the Workforce Hub pilot project, under the Workforce Innovation Program.

"This Workforce Hub has the strong support of business, government and the local community, which is a great recipe for success."

"I look forward to seeing the outcomes for both the businesses involved in this hub, and the blueprint for how this project can be applied more widely."

"The Australian Government is committed to recognising local organisations that are helping businesses achieve better results and making the necessary investments so that they can share their knowledge with the broader community.

The Workforce Innovation Program is an element of the broader Australian Government approach to workforce development and improving workforce productivity.

It provides grant funding for innovative, one-off projects that address workforce and skills development needs.


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Kate Ellis' Electorate: Adelaide

Covering 75 sq.km, the electorate includes the Adelaide central business district, North Adelaide, the surrounding parklands and adjacent suburbs in every direction.
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