AKF Grant to Benefit the Orana Region


AKF Grant to Benefit the Orana Region

Regional Development Australia Orana has been announced as a successful applicant to receive a $25,000 grant from the Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF), part of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) in its 2015-16 annual funding round.

“We applied for this grant to offer support services as part of our Korean trainee project. The project aims to place partially qualified Korean trainees in Orana workplaces to continue their occupational training and increase the productivity of our region’s workforce,” said John Walkom, Chair of Regional Development Australia Orana. Mr Walkom went on to say that there are already a number of Korean owned businesses in the region that brings diversity and interest as well as economic development.

“The AKF grant will allow RDA Orana to create a suite of translated resources informing Korean trainees about the Orana region and our culture. We will also be able to provide cultural training to employers so that the transition into life and work is as seamless as possible.”

“More broadly, this will ensure that we can promote the Orana region as well as Korean culture and business in a positive light, which will further improve bilateral relationships between Australia and South Korea.”

Federal Member for Parkes, Mark Coulton congratulated RDA Orana on their successful application.

“RDA Orana’s successful application is a strong indication of the Federal Government’s support of projects that encourage bilateral relations and create trade and investment networks,” Mr Coulton said.

“This funding is a great win for RDA Orana and the Parkes electorate, as well as Australia and South Korea and I anticipate great results stemming from this project in terms of economic development.”

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