Local businesses take the opportunity to upskill staff with funded training
On Wednesday 17 and Monday 22 May, Barraba Community College hosted First Aid courses, with an additional CPR refresher session also held on Wednesday 17 May. A total of 20 local workers completed the nationally recognised training, with 11 of them being staff from Hart Rural’s Barraba and Manilla operations, as well as M&M Stockyards and Steel Fabrications.
A spokesperson from Hart Rural said, "We believe in investing in our staff and providing opportunities for them to develop their skills. Ensuring every staff member knows how to save a life not only benefits our employees but also our business as a whole."
The training was partially funded under AgSkilled, an $18 million NSW Government-funded workforce development program working to upskill NSW’s plant production and livestock industries to manage the challenges of the future. AgSkilled aims to support training delivery in the regional and remote locations that best suit local producers and can be adjusted to suit students with a range of skills and experience.
According to Community College Northern Inland Executive Officer, Alison Heagney, this initiative is a great reminder of the importance of taking every opportunity to invest in staff with professional development that leads to benefits for individuals, businesses and communities as a whole.
“The College provides a range of adult and community education (ACE) courses across the Northern Inland region, including non-accredited life skills and accredited courses that are nationally recognised, many of which are funded for eligible people under a variety of programs.
“If you work in or own a small business of less than 20 employees or have an annual turnover of less than $2 million you may be eligible for fully subsidised training for yourself or your employees under the Targeted Skills for Small Business (TSB) program. Courses offered locally under this program include business services and information technology.”
The College can also help businesses identify their training needs and will work with them to develop learning programs that are tailored to their requirements. Courses can be delivered on-site at businesses or the College training rooms at a time to suit.
Contact Michelle Main at Barraba Community College by calling (02) 6782 1662 today, or pop into the campus at 47 Fitzroy Street to discuss your needs and take advantage of the funded training opportunities that are available right now.