This morning, the Assistant Minister for Employment, Luke Hartsuyker attended the 2015 Sydney Business New Enterprise Incentive Scheme (NEIS) Graduation Ceremony, in Bankstown.
Mr Hartsuyker said he was delighted to present the 60 graduates with certificates in small business management and operations.
“This is an exciting time for the participants as they move into the next stage of their small business journey and I enjoyed hearing about their future plans,” he said.
NEIS is an important component of the Australian Government’s new $6.8 billion jobactive employment system.
“The Government is committed to helping people move from welfare to work, and for some job seekers the best pathway into work is through self-employment,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
Under NEIS, job seekers are provided with nationally accredited small business training, mentoring and support for 52 weeks, as well as ongoing income support for their first 39 weeks of business operation.
NEIS has been successfully delivered for 30 years and has helped over 150,000 job seekers start their own small business.
“The Australian Government knows that small business is the engine room of our economy and we know that many Australians who are looking for work have the talent and drive to become small business operators – NEIS can help provide that start.
“I encourage anyone looking for a job to consider starting their own business and to speak with their jobactive provider about how NEIS can help,” Mr Hartsuyker said.
Sydney Business is one of 66 jobactive providers that deliver jobactive services throughout Australia. The organisation delivers NEIS services in the four Employment Regions that make up the metropolitan area of Sydney.