4 July 2022

Free Digital Business Training – Apply Now

We have an opportunity for small business owners and sole traders to improve their digital skills.

Under the new Digital Facilitation Scheme, the Southland Business Chamber can provide small businesses additional support and encouragement to adopt and practically use the Digital Boost Platform.

The scheme is targeted towards small businesses who are in the initial stages of their digital learning journey, are unfamiliar with the Digital Boost platform and have a desire to improve their digital skills so that they can apply them to their business.

We’re calling for expressions of interest from small business owners around Southland, who are interested in taking part in a facilitated and fully supported digital learning programme with other likeminded small business owners.

In these sessions, you’ll be guided through the Digital Boost programme so that you can walk away from the programme feeling empowered and confident on how to use a wide range of digital tools.

These sessions will take place over 24 hours, delivered over nine-months.

If you’ve been thinking about improving your social media skills, your website knowledge, your understanding of e-commerce and more, but don’t know where to start, this opportunity is for you.


Who is eligible to apply?

To be eligible for free support, you need to:

  • Be a sole trader / self employed or have between 1 – 20 employees
  • Not currently a registered Digital Boost Educate user or not registered user prior to 1 April 2022
  • Be operating in a commercial environment, a privately-owned business, Maori Trust or incorporation under the Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 or similiar organisation managing Maori assets under multiple ownership; and
  • Want to imrpove your difital skills and utilise more digital tools for your business.

What is Digital Boost?

The Digital Boost programme was designed with industry experts and businesses to facilitate the Government’s vision for New Zealand to have the most digitally engaged small business sector in the world.

We want to support more small business owners to digitally transform their operating models, not only through the adoption of digital hardware and software, but through process changes, new skills and capabilities, access to capital and having deeper insight into their business through data.

To support this vision, MBIE launched the small business Digital Boost programme at the end of 2020. It was designed in partnership with industry experts to ensure it meets the needs of Kiwi small business owners.

Digital Boost is delivered over a series of modules which will cover digital marketing, digital tools, small business accounting, business insights, real-world stories of digital success and expert advice.

How do I apply?

Click here to register your interest and a Chamber team member will be in touch to discuss details about the programme. Expressions of interest extended to 12 August 2022.

NOTE: Minimium of 15 businesses required. If sufficient interest this programme may be offered around Southland including Invercargill, Fiordland, and/or Eastern Southland.

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