Business Basics Grants Program opening soon for small businesses

The Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training have announced some new one-off grants for small businesses.  The Business...

The Queensland Department of Employment, Small Business and Training have announced some new one-off grants for small businesses.  The Business Basics Grant will offer grant funding of up to $5,000 each to support new and emerging businesses, of less than 20 employees, to increase core capabilities and adopt current best...

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Employment Plus strengthens Australia’s workforce through training and upskilling

The National Retail Association (NRA) has been delivering ‘SIR30216 Certificate III in Retail’ programs for a diverse group of...

The National Retail Association (NRA) has been delivering ‘SIR30216 Certificate III in Retail’ programs for a diverse group of Employment Plus clients for the past 4 years - many of whom were long term unemployed and disengaged with training and employment. Employment Plus are an organisation focused on connecting...

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Support your employees with free training through Foundation Skills

In an exceedingly social and data-driven world, language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy (LLND) skills are imperative to individuals...

In an exceedingly social and data-driven world, language, literacy, numeracy and digital literacy (LLND) skills are imperative to individuals entering and furthering themselves in the workforce. These skills are the basic foundation for additional training and upskilling are a significant factor in 'hireability'. An absence of, or an inadequacy...

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Accredited versus non-accredited training

It can be very difficult knowing which courses and qualifications are the most beneficial for you to reach your...

It can be very difficult knowing which courses and qualifications are the most beneficial for you to reach your career goals. It can be even more difficult, and often frustrating, trying to figure out what all the training jargon means, and what value each course actually brings you. The most...

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$7,000 per quarter subsidy opportunities extended

In October 2020, it was announced that the Morrison Government would invest an additional $1.2 billion to support Australian...

In October 2020, it was announced that the Morrison Government would invest an additional $1.2 billion to support Australian businesses to employ 100,000 new apprentices or trainees, as part of their COVID-19 economic recovery plan. These 100,000 new apprenticeship positions have been successfully filled by businesses across Australia in less...

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Call for Queensland businesses to help shape future of retail

In July 2019, the Queensland Government launched the Skills for Queensland – Great training for quality jobs strategy. The...

In July 2019, the Queensland Government launched the Skills for Queensland – Great training for quality jobs strategy. The goal of that strategy is to create a workforce that has the skills to ‘meet the current and future needs of the labour market right across the state’. This is an enormously...

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Regional Roadshow to provide support for small businesses in QLD & WA

Business owners will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge, sustainability, and accelerate success with the launch of a...

Business owners will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge, sustainability, and accelerate success with the launch of a series of Regional Roadshows being rolled out across regional WA and QLD next week. This new and exciting initiative steered by Business Station under the ASBAS program funded by the Federal...

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Lunar New Year marketing campaigns that flourished … or flopped

This year, the Lunar New Year, one of the most significant holidays in the Asian calendar, falls on Friday,...

This year, the Lunar New Year, one of the most significant holidays in the Asian calendar, falls on Friday, 12 February 2021. Also known as the Spring Festival, this date marks the beginning of a calendar year that follows the cycles of the moon and is the most important...

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Registrations have opened for the JobMaker hiring credit

Eligible employers are now able to register for the new JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme, being administered by the Australian...

Eligible employers are now able to register for the new JobMaker Hiring Credit scheme, being administered by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on behalf of the Government. The JobMaker Hiring Credit payment is a wage subsidy paid directly to employers that will help to accelerate growth in the employment of...

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Up to $7,000 per quarter for each trainee under the Boosting Apprenticeship subsidy

To assist with the recovery from the impact of COVID-19, the Australian Government is providing support to all employers...

To assist with the recovery from the impact of COVID-19, the Australian Government is providing support to all employers who engage a new Australian Apprentice or Trainee.   New Criteria for Boosting Apprenticeship Commencements Scheme From October 28 2020, the Australian Government announced new criteria relating to existing workers. An existing worker is...

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Why an infection control course should be your business’s top priority

Written by Rebecca Goulter While the global pandemic has obviously placed infection prevention and control training top of mind for...

Written by Rebecca Goulter While the global pandemic has obviously placed infection prevention and control training top of mind for many Australian businesses, a hygienic workplace is an issue that employers should consider at all times. In 2019, Australia had the worst flu season on record with 310,000 cases nationwide....

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$1.2 billion wage subsidy for trainees and apprentices can bolster retailers bottom lines

The Morrison Government will invest an additional $1.2 billion to support Australian businesses to employ 100,000 new apprentices or...

The Morrison Government will invest an additional $1.2 billion to support Australian businesses to employ 100,000 new apprentices or trainees as part of the COVID-19 economic recovery plan. Starting 5 October 2020, businesses who take on a new Australian apprentice will be eligible for a 50 per cent wage subsidy,...

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Retailers call for $6000 small business grant to set up online stores in wake of COVID-19

The National Retail Association (NRA) is calling for a $6,000 e-commerce assistance package for every small business hurting financially...

The National Retail Association (NRA) is calling for a $6,000 e-commerce assistance package for every small business hurting financially as a result of COVID-19 to help them sell goods and services online, to be included as part of the JobMaker Digital Business Plan announced last Tuesday by the Morrison...

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NRA wants to hear from retailers: Foundation Skills for Your Future Program

The National Retail Association has been appointed to the panel of Service Providers for the Foundation Skills for your...

The National Retail Association has been appointed to the panel of Service Providers for the Foundation Skills for your Future Program (FSK). If you have employees with gaps in their language, literacy, numeracy or digital skills, please get in touch with the NRA to discuss developing a fully funded program...

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Upcoming webinar: Dealing with difficult customers

ANNOUNCEMENT Coming soon, two webinars developed to suit the retail environment, covering skills and tools which can be used to...

ANNOUNCEMENT Coming soon, two webinars developed to suit the retail environment, covering skills and tools which can be used to deal with difficult customers. In current times we have seen an increase in conflict and violence in stores when interacting with customers. These webinars have been designed to address the increasing...

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Food Safety Course for a COVIDSafe Workplace

With the National Cabinet announcing its COVIDSafe economy framework, many retailers and hospitality outlets are preparing to reopen. However,...

With the National Cabinet announcing its COVIDSafe economy framework, many retailers and hospitality outlets are preparing to reopen. However, new rules are in place to prevent COVID-19 cases rising again. This includes maintaining a social distancing approach instore, limiting the number of diners at one time and stringent cleaning...

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