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Tuesday, 05 March 2019
The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is offering a free online financial literacy and start-up course that provides mentoring, networking and coaching to women wanting to start and grow their own business.
Speaking at the Business Women in Western Sydney forum today, Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the $5.85 million TAFE Women Entrepreneur Series would support women who want the flexibility self-employment offers, to enter or re-enter the workforce from July 2019.
“It is important the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government continues to find new ways to support employment opportunities for women, particularly in areas such as small business, where women are under-represented,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“We know that just 28 per cent of small business owners in NSW are female and we recognise that sometimes, the complexity of establishing a business and gaining access to finance can be an obstacle.
“This program is to support women who prefer the flexibility of home-based work to balance family commitments, as well as remote workers who may prefer home-based self-employment to avoid travel burdens.”
The NSW Government recently announced female participation in the workforce had surged to an all-time high of 60.6 per cent with women’s unemployment rate a record low of 3.7 per cent.
“NSW is the jobs capital of the nation and we hope this program will encourage even more women to enter or re-enter the workforce,” Ms Berejiklian added.
Minister for Women Tanya Davies said the Women Entrepreneur Series will run over 12 months, giving women access to a series of free video tutorials, a library of resources and in-person workshops across the State featuring female entrepreneurs.
“Women make up around 68 per cent of all primary carers in NSW so when starting a new business, many face challenges securing start-up finance, especially if they have taken a break from paid employment,” Mrs Davies said.
“This program will give women a head start by educating them on how to apply for finance and how other women juggle family responsibilities while running a business.”
Minister responsible for TAFE Adam Marshall said TAFE NSW will offer the course in three parts and will include assistance with working banks to secure finance.
“We want to make sure we are meeting the real needs of women seeking to become small business operators,” Mr Marshall said.