Take advantage of training handout’

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Queenstown’s Chamber of Commerce is encouraging businesses to take advantage of Government-subsidised training for their staff and managers. 

Most small to medium-sized companies are eligible for funding up to 50 per cent of the cost of approved training courses. 

A business can receive up to $5000, excluding GST, per year. 

The regional business partners scheme is run by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise and the Ministry of Science and Innovation Group of the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment. 

Queenstown businesses apply for funding via the local Chamber of Commerce. 

Queenstown chamber chief executive Ann Lockhart (right) says 54 businesses have received funding since late last year. 

“I just think it’s a great opportunity for local business owners and operators to upskill both their staff and themselves across a wide range of disciplines, from frontline customer skills to sales and marketing, business processes, accounting and leadership.” 

Local and regional training providers include Queenstown Resort College, Strategies Marketing, BNZ, Your Life Live It, Centre for Sustainable Practice, Otago Southland Employers’ Association, University of Otago Executive Education and WHK. 

QRC business development manager Clodagh Hall says the Government subsidy is a great carrot. 

“I don’t know anywhere else that you’d actually get that sort of handout.”