TLISC helps firms secure training funds

Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council is helping businesses secure funding under the new National Workforce Development Fund

October 4, 2011

The Transport and Logistics Industry Skills Council (TLISC) is currently in negotiations with more than 50 enterprises to submit applications for funding to the new National Workforce Development Fund (NWDF).

Under the NWDF, the Federal Government will provide $558 million over four years to support training and workforce development in industries with current and future skill needs.

The fund is part of the government’s Building Australia’s Future Workforce package. The government says businesses can identify their current and future workforce needs and apply for relevant funding to support training of existing and new workers.

The TLISC says training programs have helped transport and logistics businesses in the areas of up-skilling, leadership training, retention strategies and attracting new workers.

"The future growth and prosperity of Australia’s transport and logistics industry is dependent [on] its ability to raise its productivity through the skills development of the workforce," TLISC’s workforce development manager Eddy Suidgeest says.

"We are helping transport and logistics enterprises all around Australia secure the funding they need to develop individualised training programs that will up-skill their workers, provide better job security and increase output."

The TLISC’s work with businesses in encouraging them to apply for NWDF funding follows its efforts in helping firms secure other government-funded training schemes such as the Enterprise Based Productivity Places Program (EBPPP).

EBPPP resulted in around 1400 participants undertaking qualifications in 37 projects across all transport sectors.

The TLISC says about $7 million in training costs will be realised by the completion of the program and employers are benefiting from the higher skill levels of their workforce.

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