The Disability Trust is very excited to announce that we have been selected by the Department of Education, Skills, and Employment to deliver the new Workforce Australia services in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven (Mittagong, Nowra, Shellharbour and Batemans Bay) as the Entrepreneurship Facilitator. This program will provide information to people who are considering self-employment or owners of small businesses that are at risk. The Entrepreneurship Facilitator Program represents a $17.9 million investment in support for Australians interested in entrepreneurship and self-employment.
Entrepreneurship Facilitators will have strong links to the local small business ecosystem and will provide people with information and business advice through networking events, workshops, and informal advice about starting out in small business. They will also refer participants needing more comprehensive services to other business support programs including the Self-Employment Assistance program. The Facilitators will also work closely with Self-Employment Assistance Providers to ensure participants benefit from more comprehensive services where needed.
Mathew McIntryre, Head of Employment Services at The Disability Trust said: “we’re delighted to be given the opportunity to deliver The Entrepreneurship Facilitator Program over the next couple of years in the Illawarra/Shoalhaven under the new Workforce Australia Services.”
“The addition of this incredible program compliments the suite of services that The Trust can offer through School Leaver Employment Supports, Disability Employment Services (DMS & ESS) and supported employment opportunities at our Plant Room Café and Illawarra Vocational Services.
“I would like to thank our employment services team members whose dedication & outstanding work with continued strong performance has enabled The Disability Trust to grow.”
The Trust has also been appointed to the sub panel for enhanced services in the Illawarra and ACT.
“This is a great step for our employment services giving them additional programs that they can offer our participants outside of the traditional job seeker portfolio. We are looking forward to offering this assistance to our participants and I would also like to congratulate our employment services teams on maintaining our strong performance in this area.” Commented Edward Birt, The Trust’s Acting Chief Executive Officer.
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