Subsidised short courses available

Business development programme Future Print still has $250,000 available for its subsidised short courses – but the funding finishes in May.

The courses available are small business, colour management, digital upskill, future leaders programme and sales. They are multifaceted using online, on site and classroom learning to teach students. A panel of registered training officers teach the courses all over Australia.

All training programmes have an amount subsidised depending on the amount of employees a company has.

[Related: Future Print calls on industry to save books]

If a company employs less than 100 staff the company will only contribute 33 per cent of the cost, a company between 100 and 199 staff contributes 50 per cent and a company employing over 200 contributes 66 per cent.

For the past two years the PIAA has been receiving money from the Australian government to teach printing courses and the funding ends in May. Future Print project manager Dov Hirst says this is the first time the printing industry has had access to money in this fashion, and when the funding is over it will go back to the government.

“My concern is there is money available for subsidised training in our industry that will not be there in four months’ time. Print companies have benefitted from all our courses and you just have to get in before its gone,” he says.

Future print is an initiative of the PIAA and the Australian manufacturing workers’ union.

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