Training for small business

THE state government is to establish a Small Business Training Institute to help skills development in the sector. A small business advisory committee has been created to advise the State Training Board on how to best meet the training needs of the small business sector. Education and Training Minister Ljiljanna Ravlich said the committee would oversee the creation of the Small Business Training Institute, and the government would provide $500,000 a year to fund it. “The institute will provide a one-stop-shop for training for small businesses, making it much easier for small business owners to access training. It will provide training online and have resources available to help people develop their skills,” Ms Ravlich said in a statement. “Small business is vital to this state’s economy, and in WA there are almost 140,000 small businesses, which employ about 364,000 people – 49 per cent of the private sector workforce.” Meanwhile, a $500,000 state government loan to South West milk producer Harvey Fresh will not have to be repaid, with the company having fulfilled its commitments under the terms of the original loan. Harvey Fresh was one of a handful of local dairy manufacturers offered financial assistance by the state government in the wake of national deregulation of the dairy industry in 1999-2000. The company used the money to buy and install specialist machinery and equipment required to process UHT long-life milk. The key milestones were $150,000 for processing 20 million litres of milk per year, $150,000 for processing 25ML per year and the final $200,000 for processing 30ML per year.

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