Butler: Federal ministers help launch $17.7m Entrepreneurship Facilitators program for older entrepreneurs

Butler: Federal ministers help launch $17.7m Entrepreneurship Facilitators program for older entrepreneurs

A $17.7 million national jobs program for older people was the focus of a Federal minister’s visit to Butler this morning.

Jobs and Innovation Minister Michaelia Cash visited the Co-Hub Collaborative Education Hub, which recently opened to help entrepreneurs start or grow their own business, with Pearce MHR Christian Porter on Friday morning.

The Federal Budget included the $189.7 million ‘More choices for a longer life’ package, including funds to expand the Entrepreneurship Facilitators program to promote self-employment among older Australians at 20 extra locations.

“Our stronger economy is creating jobs at record levels, but we must ensure all Australians have the opportunity to participate,” Ms Cash said.

“We recognise the contribution older Australians make to our community, the economic benefits of their experience and, in many cases, their desire to continue working or start their own business.”

Mr Porter said two of the facilitators would be located in WA, in north east Perth and Mandurah.

The 20 facilitators will be selected through a competitive process, with services to be delivered from January next year.

Ms Cash will be visiting businesses and schools across the northern suburbs today.

Visit www.jobs.gov.au/entrepreneurship-facilitators for more information.

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