28 April 2016

$3.1m Geelong Region Job Connections delivers new Start-Up program

I was delighted to formally launch the Start-Up program today as part of the Turnbull Government’s $3.1m Geelong Region Job Connections program.

Start-Up provides free training by RMIT University in Certificate IV Small Business Management.  Participants also receive 12 months mentor advice and business support.

This support is an important initiative to increase workforce participation and help people back into the workforce through the creation of up to 40 small businesses.

The Start Up program is funded (up to $111,000 per provider) by the Australian Government and will be delivered by RMIT and NetGain.  With the first intake now underway and delivered by RMIT, the second intake will occur in June 2016 and will be delivered by NetGain.

Start Up is based on the Federal Government’s New Enterprise Incentive Scheme, however importantly, Start Up is available to those not on income support payments.

It was wonderful to see so many dynamic small business ideas from participants, ranging from clothes for women over 50, exports to China and a mobile spa and sauna business.

Our government’s grassroots investment in Geelong jobs is paying dividends. Over the past two and a half years Geelong Region Job Connections program has funded:

  • local job creation programs to support retrenched manufacturing workers;
  • a new Job Connections office;
  • the Geelong Employment Facilitator (currently Simon French is engaged by the Department of Employment in this role); and
  • the Geelong Jobs Fair.

As the Federal Member for Corangamite, job creation is my number one priority.  Whether it’s our $3.1m Geelong Region Job Connections program, major incentives for small business, a new Australian Bureau of Statistics data centre creating up to 260 local jobs, $14m for an Advanced Manufacturing Industry Growth Centre or $15m for the Geelong Region Innovation and Investment Fund creating 840 local jobs, the Turnbull Government is delivering.

Local people who want to start and build a business should contact RMIT on 1800 986347 or email brett.stavenuiter@rmit.edu.au.

27 April 2016