Thursday, April 29th, 2010
Technology Industry Association (TIA) CEO, Steve Adcock today announced that the Association had received Federal funding of just over $100,000 towards subsidising the training costs of technology industry employees in South Australia.

The funding is part of the Rudd Government’s national project to co-fund up to 11,000 additional training places for small to medium businesses in an extended $40 million program to address skills shortages as the economy improves.

The training funding program known as the Enterprise Based Productivity Places Program (EBPPP) will provide up to 90 per cent of the cost of training from Certification 111 to Advanced Diploma level training. It is designed to increase the skills of existing workers especially in occupations identified as priorities.

“The funding that the Association has received will go towards subsidising the training of 27 existing technology industry employees in the topics of information technology, project management, marketing, frontline management and marketing to be delivered by three highly reputable registered training providers who are also TIA members: Leadership Management Australia, Electus and Marc (Management Research Centre).

“We were very pleased to receive 90% funding towards each course as all participants to receive training are from companies with less than 100 staff. Ordinarily these small to medium companies would struggle to find the financial resources for these types of professional development courses that on average cost between $3,500 and $5,000 per employee,” added Mr Adcock.

“Each course will take between nine months and a year to complete and must have been commenced before the end of the calendar year. This means that a substantial number of technology industry employees in South Australia will be equipped with enhanced management and technology skills in little over 12 months,” added Mr Adcock.

“If the Association had not gone in to bat for these funds and done the hard yards in coordinating the proposal via the Australian Skills Council, I doubt that the funding would have materialised. We viewed making this funding submission as a fundamental role of the Association,” finished Mr Adcock.

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The Technology Industry Association (TIA) is the peak body in South Australia representing the $7.5 billion electronics, digital technology, telecommunications and ICT industry. TIA is a non-profit, member based organisation that delivers tailored networking events, professional development courses, business advice and lobbying opportunities.
Steve Adcock, CEO, TIA
P: 08 8272 5222
M: 0411 017 184


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