NT government offers money for new ideas to attract and retain skilled labor

The Fyles government has created a $3 million fund that will be made available to local businesses and industries with new ideas to alleviate labor shortages by strengthening partnerships on projects and activities that help to attract and retain skilled workers.

Grants of up to $200,000 are available to business consortia on a 25:75 co-contribution basis that will be overseen by the territory’s Workforce Advisory Group.

The advisory group will provide government with advice on industry needs and inform initiatives to stimulate economic growth, alleviate labor shortages and increase the territory’s skilled population.

The seven-member group is made up of Territory business owners and industry leaders in aviation, construction, hospitality, social services, agriculture and ICT.

Chief Minister Natasha Fyles said the funding scheme is seen as strengthening the local workforce by providing more local jobs for workers moving into the territory, which will mean more money flowing back into the territory. the local economy.

“This new initiative is part of our $12.8 million workforce development program and will help important sectors in the territory such as construction, tourism, hospitality and hospitality. agriculture to fill critical labor shortages,” said Fyles.

Businesses can participate in the fund through Grants NT by submitting proposed projects through the application process. Under this program, consortia are only required to contribute 25% of the total expenses, while the Flexible Workforce Solutions Fund covers 75% of the total cost. The 25% co-contribution for nonprofits can be in-kind, the government said.

The Flexible Workforce Solutions Fund will have two funding rounds, with the first opening on July 4 and ending on August 15.

Seasonal labor strategies, harnessing new technology or innovation, or providing in-country direct labor recruitment services are among those eligible for funding.

“I encourage businesses in the Territory, registered training organizations, community organizations and local government associations to work together and submit their project proposals to the Flexible Workforce Solutions Fund,” said the Minister for Business, Employment and Training, Paul Kirby.

Companies can visit nt.gov.au/workforce-solutions for more information.

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Michael A. Bynum