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A Local Bathurst business is benefiting from the Industry Skills Fund (ISF), which will provide up to 250,000 training places and support services across Australia.

“Ray Morcoms Auto Body Repairs is one of a number of businesses to secure funding under our Government’s $664 million ISF,” said Senator Simon Birmingham, Assistant Minister for Education and Training.

Member for Calare, John Cobb, said the local Bathurst business, Ray Morcoms Auto Body Repairs, had been established for over 35 years offering smash repair, fleet work and restoration services.

“Ray Morcom’s Auto Body Repairs will benefit from over $12,000 through the ISF to assist with completing specialised training tailored to the business’s needs,” Mr Cobb said.

“Owner Andrew Morcom plans to reposition and grow the business within targeted niche markets and the funding provided through the ISF is vital in helping to achieve these goals.

“I encourage other businesses in Calare to apply for support to boost the skills of their workforce under the Abbott Government’s new $664 million ISF,” Mr Cobb said.

Senator Birmingham said the ISF targets small and medium sized businesses that want to upskill or retrain their workers so their business can diversify or take advantage of new market opportunities. Larger businesses can also apply.

“Free skills advice is also available for small and medium businesses,” he said.

“Experienced advisers will work with eligible businesses to help them understand growth opportunities, and to identify the skills they need to increase their competitiveness and the training provider they want to work with.

“With better trained employees, Australian business will be positioned to diversify into new markets, adopt new technologies, enter export markets and create more jobs,” Senator Birmingham said.

Under the ISF, businesses are required to make a contribution to the cost of training with the Government covering the rest of the cost. The co-contribution rate depends on the number of employees, with smaller businesses receiving higher levels of support.

For further information on the ISF or to apply, visit: www.business.gov.au/industryskillsfund or call 13 28 46.

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