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Seeking Skilled Staff? No Problem

A new initiative has been launched by the Victorian government to help small business operators find skilled workers…

 The $10.6 million My Business, My People initiative will be delivered by the Office of Small Business across the state, in partnership with a number of business support organisations including Group Training of Victoria, and Tourism Alliance Victoria.

The program will enable businessowners to get a workforce planning specialist to visit their site and conduct a free assessment of their workforce needs, and produce a tailored plan to address this.

It will seek to help small business owners recruit the right people, retain quality staff, improve staff training and development and develop management capabilities.

My Business, My People is part of the $241 million Maintaining the Advantage: Skilled Victorians package launched by Victorian Premier Steve Bracks in 2006.

SME operators can enrol for a free assessment by calling 132 215 or visit http://www.business.vic.gov.au/mybusinessmypeople

In a related study, global business consulting firm Shirlaws found that retaining staff for the next five years is considered by a number of SMEs"

The percentage who found this a concern?

Australia: 76 percent

United States: 64 percent

United Kingdom: 50 percent

*Source: Opportunities and Challenges for SMEs—The Next Five Years, by global business consulting firm Shirlaws.

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