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SKILL UP: City invests in training programs for business and residents

Almost $400,000 is being invested. into training programs aimed at helping local businesses and residents make the most of emerging economic opportunities.

Funded under the City of Newcastle’s (CoN) NewSkills program, the training will be delivered by specialist training providers through workshops, self-paced learning, intensive programs and mentoring over the next 12 months.  

From finding out how to turn that ‘side hustle’ dream into a reality, to helping small. migrant and refugee-run businesses recover from the effects of COVID, programs funded under the program aim to seek to close skills gaps in the local workforce.

“Newcastle’s economic future will be built on the talent, skills and ingenuity of our people,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said. 

“Business owners, workers and entrepreneurs with diverse skill sets will be better placed to capitalise on opportunities, invest money in the local community and create jobs.” 

Deputy Lord Mayor Declan Clausen added that investment in skills training that helps to further support small business growth will have myriad positive effects on the region.

“This investment in training will provide tangible benefits to the wider Newcastle community – whether it’s encouraging residents to turn their side hustle ideas into fledgling start-ups, providing the digital skills needed to drive automation, innovation and growth through technology, or making Newcastle a more appealing destination for residents and visitors by encouraging businesses to improve the access, inclusion, and culture of their service for people with a disability. Cr Clausen said.

Training programs, currently funded by NewSkills are listed below. Head here for more information on the NewSkills funding program

Springboard Digital Skills  -An eight-week education program on how to use software tools to streamline operations, innovate for long-term growth, and make data-driven decisions. 

Level up Learning in Newcastle  – Microlearning platform to help deliver engaging and effective digital learning to Newcastle businesses, focussing on core areas including hospitality (customer service and wine skills), cleantech, energy skills and digital skills. 

Future Fresh: Workshops for Small Migrant and Refugee-Run Businesses  – To help small migrant- and refugee-run businesses recover from the effects of COVID-19 and build resilience for future events through a series of ongoing, hands-on and engaging workshops focussed on improving marketing, communications, business recovery and innovations. 

Tourism Product Development Mentoring Program 2021/2022– Helping 10 local businesses through a mentoring program to elevate and optimise opportunities as the visitor economy returns across 2021 and 2022. 

Side Hustle Bootcamp 2021 – A 12-week intensive program for 15 Newcastle residents with a great side hustle idea who are having trouble finding the motivation, time and courage to make it a reality. 

The City of Newcastle Sustainnovation Challenge – Crowdsourcing innovative solutions from Newcastle’s high school, TAFE and university students to problems posed by City of Newcastle’s teams, local businesses and community organisations across the city.

Amplify Access and Achieve Purposeful Profit – A 12-week program teaching businesses how to open their doors to more customers and grow profits by transforming the access, inclusion and culture of their service for people with a disability with personalised support and low-cost, high impact solutions. 

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