Purcell's receives $20,000 for training programs

PURCELL's Engineering will now have their training programme's jointly funded, after they were successful for a grant from the Australian Government's Industry Skills Fund.

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd yesterday presented the company with a cheque for $23,854.54, precisely half of the $47,709.70 cost required for their training project to operate.

"Purcell's will be able to use this funding to provide improved skills to their employees to enable quality work," Mr O'Dowd said.

The fund is a key element in the Australian Government's Industry Innovation and Competitiveness Agenda, and will provide more than 250,000 training places and support services for industry across Australia.

Mr O'Dowd, on a tour of Purcell's Engineering, took the opportunity to get feedback on the effectiveness of the programme.

The application was submitted by Purcell's Engineering Quality Assurance Administrator Lee Maycock, who said she was "thrilled" by the company's successful application.

"It's a brilliant opportunity for us to get more resources for training, as well as for the employees we've been able to recruit under the programme…it's just thrilling."

Training Co-ordinator Mitchell Purcell said new trainees are learning new skills due to the funding.

"I've had positive feedback from the trainees, and it's good for us because we're getting a more skilled and efficient workplace," he said.

Businesses can apply for the fund by calling 13 28 46 or completing an online enquiry form here.

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