Industry Skills Fund to assist tourism growth at SeaLink Queensland

Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones was joined by SeaLink Queensland General Manager Paul Victory today, to announce that SeaLink had received an Australian Government Industry Skills Fund grant of $45,000 to assist with the costs of training their staff to take advantage of new growth opportunities.

The grant will go toward a $60,000 training and development initiative (Tourism Innovation Program) at SeaLink to broaden the skill base of staff, which will open up more opportunities for SeaLink to develop its tours, great barrier reef initiatives and tourism services.

General Manager SeaLink QLD Paul Victory said the grant will enable SeaLink’s workforce to expand its tourism based skills, helping to build an even more agile organisation.

“SeaLink’s Tourism Innovation Program will support the growth of our tours to surrounding eco-tourism and indigenous tourism sites across the North and will aim to strengthen our city’s strategic position as a tourism destination,” Mr Victory said.

“At SeaLink we’ve reported strong passenger numbers and we expect the growth of these new tours will have a significant flow on effect for other local businesses.

“SeaLink’s innovative range of tours is designed to attract new tourism markets and includes historical tours to the Cape Cleveland Lighthouse, tours to Palm, Orpheus and Pelorus Island’s and snorkelling and diving tours to the Great Barrier Reef.”

In close collaboration with North Queensland’s indigenous communities SeaLink QLD’s indigenous tourism tours aim to enrich the understanding of local indigenous cultures, history and the natural beauty of the Palm Island group.  

Federal Member for Herbert Ewen Jones congratulated SeaLink Qld on its Tourism Innovation Program and said the success of its application was a great example of a local business looking to innovate their practices and ultimately grow jobs.

“The Turnbull Government is committed to helping business, especially small and medium enterprises, to grow, expand their markets, and create more local jobs,” Mr Jones said.

“Under the Industry Skills Fund, eligible businesses can receive support to undertake training in areas that they have identified as growth opportunities and develop innovative training solutions.”

“The Government provides funding to businesses to help with the costs of any associated training including assisting employees to acquire new skills, upgrade their existing qualifications, or to train staff who may be new to the workforce,”

The fund will assist in building a highly skilled workforce that can take advantage of new business growth opportunities and adapt to technological change.

[Taken from joint media release 27 April 2016 - Ewen Jones]
Photo: Ewen Jones, Marinde Marsman & Paul Victory - Courtesy of the Townsville Bulletin